It’s time to open your arms to a new unlikely heroine.
From the moment it was submitted just before Frankfurt Book Fair 2018, the novel generated a buzz and was snapped up in the UK following a ten-way auction by Martha Ashby at HarperCollins / HarperFiction. Since then, the novel has sold into an incredible 16 territories world wide. With the audiobook set to be narrated by Dame Harriet Walter, the Olivier Award-winning actress, we’re so excited that the world will finally get to meet Missy.
Around the 2019 London Book Fair, Saving Missy was featured in fabulous articles in The Guardian, The Telegraph, Sunday Times Culture and The Bookseller, and more recently, Beth was chosen as one of The Media Eye’s Rising Stars.
But perhaps most excitingly, Beth was chosen as one of The Observer‘s “Best Debut Novelists of 2020“, following firmly in the footsteps of our very own Gail Honeyman and Elizabeth Macneal. They said: “It was while on maternity leave that she decided to embrace her long-held ambition to write a novel and the result, Saving Missy, became the subject of a 10-publisher auction and has since sold in 16 overseas territories. It’s a book about community, loneliness and unexpected friendships, continuing the trend for “up lit”.”
For those who are still unfamiliar with Beth’s amazing character:
Missy Carmichael’s life has become small.
Grieving for a family she has lost or lost touch with, she’s haunted by the echoes of her footsteps in her empty home; the sound of the radio in the dark; the tick-tick-tick of the watching clock.
Spiky and defensive, Missy knows that her loneliness is all her own fault. She deserves no more than this; not after what she’s done. But a chance encounter in the park with two very different women opens the door to something new.
Another life beckons for Missy, if only she can be brave enough to grasp the opportunity. But seventy-nine is too late for a second chance. Isn’t it?
Ahead of publication, acclaimed authors have all expressed their love for Missy:
“A novel that reminds you that everyone deserves a second chance, even at seventy-nine. Bittersweet, tender, thoughtful and uplifting, Missy is a story and a character that stays with you. I loved it.” Nina Stibbe, author of Reasons to be Cheerful
“A beautiful story about love, loss, guilt and the power of friendship.” Jill Mansell, author of Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay
“A heartwarming tale of sacrifice, courage and reward – a hymn to the power of basic human kindness” Rosie Walsh, author of The Man Who Didn’t Call
Previously Creative Director at RDF Television, Beth now writes full time. She was previously shortlisted for the Grazia-Orange First Chapter award, and had her work published in the Cambridge and Oxford May Anthologies while at university.
Beth lives in London with her husband, two sons and a dog named Polly.
The novel is published in the US in April this year by Penguin Random House / Putnam.