It’s a big day for Missy Carmichael today, the star of Beth Morrey’s Saving MissyThe paperback edition of this uplifting debut is now available the UK!

Saving Missy has been warming people’s hearts ever since it was first submitted before the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2018. It was immediately snapped up in the UK after a ten-way auction by  HarperCollins / HarperFiction, in the US by Penguin Random House / Putnam and since then, the novel has sold in a further 15 territories. The Olivier-Award winning actress Dame Harriet Walter narrated the captivating audiobook, which went on to win the Bronze Award in the New York Radio Awards for Best Solo Narration.

First published in hardback on 6th February 2020, Saving Missy was an instant bestseller, shooting straight into the Top 10 Hardback Fiction list at No. 9 after only 2.5 days of sale, and climbing the ranks to No. 6 within mere weeks. The heartwarming tale received nonstop attention from the press – Beth herself was interviewed on BBC Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday Program, which saw the novel place in the Top 50 on Amazon, and Saving Missy was chosen as one of the BBC’s Books to Read in 2020. Beth was featured on the Observer’s Best Debut Novelists of 2020‘, and her debut was listed on a number of roundups, including Bustle’s ‘18 Most Anticipated Books of April 2020‘ and Good Housekeeping’s ‘14 of the best feel-good books‘. 

More recently, Beth wrote a hilarious relatable account of homeschooling in lockdown for RedBetween homeschooling and working on edits for her second book, Beth is also embarking on a virtual signing tour for the wonderful Saving Missy, which you can follow along on these social media handles:

Saving Missy has also received glowing reviews from authors and readers alike:

“A novel that reminds you that everyone deserves a second chance, even at seventy-nine. Bittersweet, tender, thoughtful and uplifting, Missy is a story and a character that stays with you. I loved it.” Nina Stibbe, author of Reasons to be Cheerful

“A beautiful story about love, loss, guilt and the power of friendship.” Jill Mansell, author of Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay

“A heartwarming tale of sacrifice, courage and reward – a hymn to the power of basic human kindness” Rosie Walsh, author of The Man Who Didn’t Call

We can’t wait for you to step inside the world of Missy…

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?

A huge congratulations to Beth on this very exciting day! Get your hands on the paperback!