success story

Success story

Since completing her MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction), Emma Healey’s debut novel has been published to universal praise and she has toured the world to promote her work.

Emma joined UEA with half a draft of her novel ‘Elizabeth is Missing’ and having developed links with literary agents and publishers during her time on the course, just one year after graduating she achieved every writer’s dream of being signed by a literary agency. Her book was published by Penguin in June 2014 and became an instant international hit.


Emma has gripped readers with her tale of 82 year old Maud’s investigation into the disappearance of a friend whilst living with dementia.

Since then, Emma‘s success has been an inspiration for aspiring writers; her work has been translated into over 20 languages, she has been announced as winner of the 2014 Costa first novel prize, featured in the Sunday Times Best Seller List and received an ever expanding list of positive reviews from critics across the globe.

Elizabeth is Missing is currently being made into a three-part television series by STV Productions.



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The Expert

Emma Healey

Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
Emma Healey grew up in London where she completed her first degree in bookbinding (learning how to put books together but not how to write them). She graduated from the MA in Creative Writing: Prose at UEA in 2011. Elizabeth is Missing is her first novel.