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Saving Missy

Beth Morrey



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20 January 2020
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Missy is 79, isolated, lonely, estranged from her children and haunted by the failures and mistakes of her life. A chance encounter with two different women (and an assortment of dogs) starts to turn her life around, and she finally finds the friendship and family connections she has never been allowed to nurture. As the story progresses we see how Missy's life has gone, the relationship she had with her brilliant, erratic and controlling husband, how her children slipped away - and Missy learns that you are never too old to learn new things. A lovely novel, gentle and bittersweet, which will go down a treat with readers who enjoy characters achieving a place of their own in this difficult world... Lindy Jones


Prickly. Stubborn. Terribly lonely. But everyone deserves a second chance...

'A touching, deftly written debut that celebrates community and kindness' Sunday Times 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?

'Bittersweet, tender, thoughtful and uplifting ... I loved it' Nina Stibbe
By:   Beth Morrey
Imprint:   HARPER360
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   270g
ISBN:   9780008382827
ISBN 10:   0008382824
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   20 January 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for Saving Missy

`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

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