Rights were snapped up by Ben Willis from Orion, and within three hours of submission, an Italian publisher had pre-empted. On acquiring the novel, Ben said: “Charming, warm, uplifting, humane, and about love and loss through the generations, and finding your own way in the world, For Emily is a brilliant debut novel from a future star in commercial reading group fiction. Fans of Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland and The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan will adore it.”
This gorgeously uplifting novel is centred around Emily, devastated by the death of her grandmother…
Emily’s grandmother Margaret Tate was one of Britain’s most beloved children’s authors.
But, seriously ill for the majority of her childhood, Emily wasn’t like the millions of children who loved her grandmother’s books. Bed-bound and home-schooled by her grandmother, she barely even left the house.
But in her last book, Emily’s late grandmother leaves one final, cryptic dedication:
For Emily –– you will live again.
22a Tumbler Road.
Emily discovers that this is just one of many coded dedications her grandmother wrote in her books over the years. Every one was written just for her – and each will lead her on a different
Her grandmother’s final words will mark the first chapter in Emily’s new life – all she needs is a little dedication . . .
Early reviews of the novel are glowing:
“I really liked the way bruised but brave Emily was written, with just a hint of magic about her. I also enjoyed learning more about her grandmother and the whimsical stories she wrote, which Emily illustrated (I wouldn’t have minded reading them too).” Goodreads Reviewer
“Very enjoyable” Goodreads reviewer
Katherine Slee has a Masters in Modern History from Oxford University, and is a member of MENSA and used to work as an investment banker. She is now a stay-at-home mother to two children, and wife to a workaholic husband.