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Emily Barr worked as a journalist in London but always hankered after a quiet room and a book to write. She went travelling for a year, which gave her an idea for a novel set in the world of backpackers in Asia. This became Backpack, an adult thriller which won the WH Smith New Talent Award, and she has since written eleven more adult novels published in the UK and around the world.
The One Memory of Flora Banks is her first novel for young adults. She lives in Cornwall with her partner and their children.
January 2018 Book of the Month This twisting tale of shady secrets, a destructive alter ego and a feverishly fast-tracked romance will leave fans of psychological thrillers reeling, as 17 year-old Ella Black is taken on a terrifyingly transformative journey from suburban Kent to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Aspiring artist Ella has long lived with a secret. She’s plagued by violent impulses from an inner demon she’s named Bella, Bad Ella. And then, out-of-the blue, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro, and she suspects that something is seriously wrong. Her worries are somewhat offset when she instantly falls for Christian, a Cuban American vacationing in Rio, but then, as Ella lies to her parents about him, she discovers that her entire life is a lie. Knowing that her parents have deceived her is upsetting enough, but the truth is even more disturbing, and so she flees and finds herself in an inconceivably precarious situation. While the real-world dangers are bad enough, the deepest danger is the monster buried in Ella’s past, a monster that’s just resurfaced. Driven by Ella’s intense, in-your-face first person narrative, this is a rollercoaster ride of a read for those who like their thrillers to have an outlandish edge. ~ Joanne Owen
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018 | In a nutshell: the unforgettable story of a girl with no memory. Can there ever have been a heroine like Flora Banks? She’s 17 when the book opens, but an accident aged 10 has left her with no short term memory. Then a secret kiss on the beach – with her only friend’s boyfriend – lodges in her mind. Inspired, she sets off alone to follow him, a heart-stopping journey that takes her deep into the Arctic landscapes of Norway, scribbled messages she writes to herself on her arms her only reassurance or guide. Flora does find out the truth about the boy and about herself, but she needs all her courage. A unique mix, part coming-of-age, part psychological thriller, with an almost fairy-tale setting, this is a story that readers will want to read more than once, and one they will want to share with friends too. Unforgettable!
A tense and chilling Quick Read from the queen of psychological suspense.
Two strangers meet on a train. Only one gets off... Lara Finch is living a lie. Everyone thinks she has a happy life in Cornwall, married to the devoted Sam, but in fact she is desperately bored. When she is offered a new job that involves commuting to London by sleeper train, she meets Guy and starts an illicit affair. But then Lara vanishes from the night train without a trace. Only her friend Iris disbelieves the official version of events, and sets out to find her. For Iris, it is the start of a voyage that will take her further than she's ever travelled and on to a trail of old crimes and dark secrets. For Lara, it is the end of a journey that started a long time ago. A journey she must finish, before it destroys her...
A tense, unsettling, modern-day Rebecca from the queen of psychological, suspenseful women's fiction. This is gripping stuff from a talented storyteller.
Another good read from Emily Barr with a lot of insight into human suffering and how the experiences that our heroine Tasy has in India make her re-evaluate her life as she learns to know herself. It’s astute and reintroduces us to the girl of her first book, Backpack, some ten years later. Comparison: Sophie Cunningham (Geography), Adele Parks, India Knight.
I absolutely loved this. A story of two women whose lives become connected after the younger one, Helen, decides that Liz is her half sister, abandoned by Helens mother some thirty years before and sets out to reunite the family. What Barr manages so well is to create a constant ominous undertone throughout the novel while still telling a tale with humour and warmth. This is funny and bittersweet and thoroughly absorbing. Highly recommended.
I wonder if perhaps Emily Barr used Jacqueline du Pre for her inspiration here for this centres on a highly-strung, strong-willed classical musician whose personal life conflicts with her professional one. It is a very human story from a talented author who, up until now, has used her experiences in world travel as the backdrop to her novels. This takes our protagonist off to America but it’s life’s dramas that dominate. Comparisons: Libby Purves, Bella Pollen, Michelle Paver. Similar this month: Roisin McAuley, Anita Shreve.
An accomplished and sensitive writer but of all her lovely books I don’t think she has written another as good as this, her first. It’s about an irritating city girl who takes to the backpackers’ trail and slowly has her narrow-mindedness squeezed out of her. The book changes gear once she believes she has a serial killer on her tail. Comparison: William Sutcliffe (Are You Experienced?), Alex Garland (The Beach), Adele Parks.
TFW you wake up and realise you're trending... #GirlOutoftheWoods Arty has always lived in the Clearing, a commune hidden in the forests of south India. But her happy life, separate from the rest of the world, is shattered after a terrible event. For the first time, Arty must leave her home, and head into the intriguing but frightening outside world. On the streets of India, a chance encounter leads to her becoming an unwilling overnight celebrity. As she embarks on her journey, she discovers she is being followed by thousands of strangers, who seem to know her every move... Forced to fight against mysterious hashtags and being constantly photographed, how can she find the help she desperately needs? Everything is changing too fast for this girl who came out of the woods... could she be running into a trap? The new thriller from the acclaimed author of The One Memory of Flora Banks, perfect for fans of Karen McManus, E. Lockhart and Sophie McKenzie. Praise for The Girl Who Came Out of the Woods: 'Compelling and brilliantly written'- Fabulous Magazine 'Barr brilliantly captures Arty's naivety and eager innocence as she's swept up in the globalised world of capitalism and social media'- The Observer 'A pacey, original thriller' - The Guardian 'Arty's fresh insights into the world make for an amusing, poignant story' - The Sun
Penguin presents The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr, read by Kelby Keenan. Ella Black seems to live the life most other seventeen-year-olds would kill for . . . Until one day, telling her nothing, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro. Determined to find out why, Ella takes her chance and searches through their things. And realises her life has been a lie. Her mother and father arent hers at all. Unable to comprehend the truth, Ella runs away, to the one place theyll never think to look - the favelas. But there she learns a terrible secret - the truth about her real parents and their past. And the truth about a mother, desperate for a daughter taken from her seventeen years ago . . .
It's not a lie if you can't remember the truth. ';Mesmerizing, electric, and achingly lovely,The One Memory of Flora Banksis unforgettable.One of the best YA novels I've read in a very long time.' --Jennifer Niven,New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora's brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend's boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora's fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So, when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the worldin Svalbard, NorwayFlora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life. But will following Drake be the key to unlocking Flora's memory? Or will the journey reveal that nothing is quite as it seems? Already a bestselling debut in the UK, this unforgettable novel is Memento meets We Were Liars and will have you racing through the pages to unravel the truth.Praise forThe One Memory of Flora Banks:An EW Most Anticipated YA Novel of 2017 "e;[A]remarkable odyssey...an enthralling story...a deftly, compassionately written mystery.'Booklist, starred review"e;Barr's tale mingles Oliver Sackslike scientific curiosity with Arctic adventure and YA novel in a way that's equally unsettling, winsome, and terrifying."e;Horn Book, starred review"e;Perfect for fans of both young adult romance and psychological thrillers,The One Memory of Flora Banksis destined to become one of your favorite beach reads of 2017. Promise."e;Bustle"e;Mesmerizing, electric, and achingly lovely,The One Memory of Flora Banksis unforgettable. One of the best YA novels I've read in a very long time."e;Jennifer Niven,New York Timesbestselling author ofAll the Bright Places"e;Ultimately, this title will leave readers with a sense of hope and faith in the human spirit....A strong choice for YA shelves."e;School Library Journal"e;Flora's situation may be singular, but her desire for autonomy should speak loudly to teens in the midst of their own journeys into adulthood."e;Publishers Weekly"e;An affecting portrayal of living with amnesia and discovering one's own agency."e;Kirkus"e;[T]his is [Barr's] first YA novel and it is a good one. It will not be forgotten by readers."e;VOYA"e;An extraordinarily moving and original novel, a story of secrecy and lie, love and loss that manages to be both heart-breaking and life-affirming...Barr's first novel for teenagers...is as brave as Flora herself."e; Daily Mail"e;An icily atmospheric story...captivating...[a]pacy page-turner that packs a significant emotional punch."e; The Guardian
Sie hat kein Gedachtnis und nur eine Erinnerung: und dafur geht sie bis ans Ende der Welt.Ein auergewohnlicher Coming-of-Age-Roman, den man so schnell nicht mehr vergessen wird. Emily Barrs Jeder Tag kann der schonste in deinem Leben werden ist die Geschichte eines Madchens, das fur einen Kuss bis an den Nordpol reist und durch Briefe aus Paris die kleinen bunten Wunder des Lebens entdeckt. Ungewohnlich beruhrend und bezaubernd erzahlt!"e;Ich schaue auf meine Hand. Dort steht Flora, das bin ich. Die Buchstaben auf dem Handrucken bilden meinen Namen. Ich halte mich daran fest. Ich bin Flora. Darunter steht: Sei mutig! Ich schliee meine Augen und hole tief Luft. Ich wei nicht, warum ich hier bin, aber alles wird gut."e;Flora Banks Leben ist wie ein tausendteiliges Puzzle in allen Farben des Regenbogens. Jeden Tag muss sie es erneut zusammensetzen. Sie muss sich daran erinnern, wer sie ist und was los ist. Manchmal stundlich. Nichts, was seit ihrem 10. Geburtstag passiert ist, bleibt ihr im Gedachtnis. Doch auf einmal ist da diese eine Erinnerung in ihrem Kopf. Und sie bleibt, verschwindet nicht wie die anderen Details aus ihrem Leben. Es ist die Erinnerung daran, wie sie nachts am Strand einen Jungen gekusst hat. Bewaffnet mit Handy, Briefen von ihrem Bruder aus Paris, einem prallgefullten Notizbuch und tausenden von Zettelchen macht sich Flora Banks auf eine Reise, die sie letztendlich zu sich selbst fuhrt. Denn zum ersten Mal in ihrem Leben kann sie jetzt entscheiden, wer sie wirklich sein will.
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If no one knows you're missing, how can you be found? An unmissable novel from the queen of psychological, suspenseful women's fiction. Bruised from the breakdown of her marriage, Esther Lomax needs to get away, and Malaysia's unspoilt shores seem the perfect place. But a day's boat trip takes a desperate turn when Esther and six other holidaymakers are taken to a desert island and their guide does not return. The group have no way of getting back to the mainland and know nothing about each other. As the days pass, tensions erupt, secrets emerge and time increasingly runs out, Esther must ask herself the ultimate question: will she leave the island alive?
A girl flees to Venice to escape her dangerous past in this electrifying novel of intrigue, psychological tension and suspense... For Lucy Riddick, Venice has always been the dream destination. A dream inspired by the pretty picture pinned to her mother's kitchen wall. To Lucy, Venice seems the ideal place to lose herself. And now she needs to do just that. The secret she's been keeping from her boyfriend and her friends has finally caught up with her and Lucy needs to disappear - and fast. There's no better time to pack her bags and head for Italy. But what if, when she sets foot in Venice, Lucy finds that the one thing she has been running from, the one thing she has been trying to escape, is already there, lying in wait for her? Time to run away again? Or time to end the chase, once and for all?
When Susie decides to invite her old school friends for a reunion she tells herself that it's just about showing off. It's about letting Amanda, Izzy and Tamsin, see how well she's done, with her successful career as an artist, her gorgeous house in France, her deliciously louche boyfriend. But the truth is that this is a dark plan. A plan that could make or break her seemingly perfect life...and she knows it. As the old friends gather at Susie's for a long weekend of catching up and comparisons, it is clear that despite their lives having taken very different turns, they are all still haunted by a dark and common past. They each know that up until now they have been treading water - waiting for the inevitable moment when they have to face the truth. The question is, now that the time has come, who will sink and who will swim?
Emma adores living in Brighton, but she loves Matt more. When he suggests they buy the perfect farmhouse in the south of France, she reluctantly agrees, even though he continues commuting to London while she looks after their daughter and the builders. But France is not the idyll he promised, and when she discovers the true reason he spends half his time in London the foundations on which she's built her life start to crumble...
Maggie moves to Brighton after splitting up with her long-term boyfriend, and, unable to find a job, starts work as a lapdancer. Failing to make any new friends, she writes letters compulsively, and the highlight of her day is the sound of the morning post being delivered. Maggie gradually becomes obsessed with the married couple, Libby and David, living next door. Libby has given up work after having a baby, and is finding life as a full-time mother very difficult. Just as she persuades David that she should return to work, he is asked to take a sabbatical from his management-consultant job. He's always longed to travel, and convinces Libby that they should spend six months in Cuba, learning Spanish. Maggie, deciding she too wants to travel, follows them to Havana, where the horrors of her past - in particular her young sister's violent death - begin to haunt her. And as Maggie starts to break down, she tries to take over Libby's life...
At eighteen, your closest friend commits suicide. At twenty-nine, you're backpacking in the Australian outback when you see her. She has a husband. She has a ten-year-old son. She has a baby on the way. She claims to be someone else. But you'd recognise her anywhere. Back in England you tell your journalist boyfriend. While he never knew her, he always knew of her - her name is Daisy Fraser and she was awaiting trial over the deaths of four people when she jumped off the Severn Bridge. He thinks: This could be the scoop of the century. He says: Happy Christmas - I'm taking you to Australia to find Daisy.