Beth Morrey was inspired to write her debut novel, Saving Missy, while pushing a pram around her local park during maternity leave. Getting to know the community of dog owners, joggers, neighbours and families, she began to sow the seeds of a novel about a woman saved by the people around her, strangers who became friends. 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.
`Bittersweet, tender, thoughtful and uplifting. Reminds you that everyone deserves a second chance. I loved it' Nina Stibbe `Moving but not sentimental ... [a character] as complex, frustrating, vulnerable and surprising as any I've met in print' Eleanor Wasserberg `For everyone with an Eleanor Oliphant-shaped hole in their heart, this is the book to fill it' Eithne Shortall `One of the biggest titles among a deluge of fiction following the trend for uplifting literature' Guardian `One [debut author] has had 10 publishers fighting over her `coming-of-old' tale' Daily Telegraph `The most buzzed-about novel at the Frankfurt Book Fair' Sunday Times Culture