Published in paperback today by Orion, the novel has gone from strength to strength since ebook and trade paperback publication in September last year. In April, it received a starred review from Booklist, who said: Slee’s bewitching debut not only offers a thoughtful meditation on life, love, and loss; it is also a lovely tribute to all things British, a beautiful paean to the importance of books in our lives, and a powerful celebration of the imagination and the creative process. With its superb depth of characterization and an ingenious plot shaped by a bird leitmotif, this magical and dazzling novel is the literary equivalent of serotonin.”
And it has received numerous of five star Goodreads reviews:
“For book lovers this is a joy to read, it is thought provoking, philosophical and uplifting. Truly, a triumph.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
“Katherine Slee how is this your first book? This story her debut novel was so emotionally charged I felt myself holding my breath in places and marvelling at the words literally bouncing off the pages.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
“This is a very emotionally evocative novel.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
“For Emily is a story of love and loss, determination and courage and a developing understanding of life in the outside world. A voyage of discovery for all by involving the reader at every page.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
The novel follows Emily…
A little dedication goes a long way.
That’s why Catriona Robinson, the country’s favourite children’s author, always dedicated her books to those who touched her life the most – not least Emily, her reclusive granddaughter.
Emily never thought too much about these dedications. But when Catriona dies unexpectedly, each one becomes a cryptic clue in a breadcrumb trail that apparently leads to her lost, unpublished manuscript.
It’s a mystery only Emily can solve. But to do so she will have to walk in her grandmother’s footsteps, into the wider world she’s spent her whole life hiding away from . . .
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.