Elizabeth Day is an author and journalist. Her critically-acclaimed debut novel Scissors Paper Stone won a Betty Trask Award for first novels written by authors under the age of 35. Her second novel Home Fires is also published by Bloomsbury and her latest novel Paradise City is due in 2015.
Her latest novel The Party is a literary suspense title to be published by Fourth Estate in 2017. Rights have been prem-empted in America, France and Germany. TV rights have also been sold.
She was a feature writer for the Observer, where she had a wide-ranging brief to write across the paper, incorporating everything from celebrity interviews to crime reportage. She now writes for The Telegraph.
Elizabeth grew up in Northern Ireland and her first job was for The Derry Journal. Since then, she has worked for The Evening Standard, The Sunday Telegraph and The Mail on Sunday. She won a British Press Award in 2004 for Young Journalist of the Year and was Highly Commended as Feature Writer of the Year in 2013. She has also written for numerous other publications including Vogue, Grazia, the Radio Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, Glamour, the Lonely Planet Magazine, Saga and Red Magazine.
She is the co-founder of Pin Drop, a storytelling initiative for adults which stages short story narrations in inspiring settings.
Elizabeth is a regular contributor to the Sky Newspaper review and has appeared on Daybreak, Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and TalkSport’s Late Show.
A gripping story of obsession and betrayal, privilege and hypocrisy, set in the unassailable heart of the British establishment.
I practically murdered this book in an evening I loved it so much. The Party is a terrifying, hilarious, brilliantly written original with a wit to die for’ Phoebe Waller-Bridge
‘Superb – clever, gripping, psychologically acute’ Laura Barnett, author of The Versions of Us
‘Fast out of the traps, compelling and infinitely believable: but what really got me about The Party was the writing. Stunning‘ Susie Steiner, author of Missing, Presumed
‘Think Brideshead Revisited meets The Talented Mr Ripley with a dash of The Riot Club. I couldn’t put it down’ Louise O’Neill, author of Asking For It
‘As sharp, stylish and witty as the perfect guest. Beware: you’ll be up far too late’ Lucie Whitehouse, author of Before We Met
‘Elizabeth Day’s latest novel is sinister and seductive and nothing short of breathtaking’ Francesca Seagal, author of The Innocents
‘The Party is a compelling read, but it’s a lot more than a page turner. Like Martin, the protagonist, we as readers are sucked into the lives of the privileged few and, like Martin, in turn titillated, appalled, bewitched and ultimately punched in the stomach by their casual cruelty. We may have seen a hundred stories like this on the news, but Elizabeth Day’s perfectly pitched dialogue and vivid prose brings it all to life’ Catherine Chanter, author of The Well
‘Witty, dark and compelling’ Sebastian Faulks
‘As the train pressed on, I realised that my life was in the process of taking a different direction, plotted according to a new constellation. Because, although I didn’t know it yet, I was about to meet Ben and nothing would ever be the same again.’
Martin Gilmour is an outsider. When he wins a scholarship to Burtonbury School, he doesn’t wear the right clothes or speak with the right kind of accent. But then he meets the dazzling, popular and wealthy Ben Fitzmaurice, and gains admission to an exclusive world. Soon Martin is enjoying tennis parties and Easter egg hunts at the Fitzmaurice family’s estate, as Ben becomes the brother he never had.
But Martin has a secret. He knows something about Ben, something he will never tell. It is a secret that will bind the two of them together for the best part of 25 years.
At Ben’s 40th birthday party, the great and the good of British society are gathering to celebrate in a haze of champagne, drugs and glamour. Amid the hundreds of guests – the politicians, the celebrities, the old-money and newly rich – Martin once again feels that disturbing pang of not-quite belonging. His wife, Lucy, has her reservations too. There is disquiet in the air. But Ben wouldn’t do anything to damage their friendship.
PARADISE CITY – Buy it here
A novel that seeks to answer big questions—of love and death, ambition and failure, responsibility and guilt—with a rich cast of characters from every strata of society.
Four disparate characters find themselves linked together in Paradise City. Howard Pink is a wildly successful businessman still struggling to cope fifteen years after his nineteen-year-old daughter disappeared. Beatrice Kizza fled persecution from Uganda where homosexuality is illegal. She now works as a maid at a hotel Howard frequents. Esme Reade, an ambitious staff reporter on a Sunday tabloid, is desperate to get the Howard Pink interview for which all London reporters froth at the mouths. Carol Hetherington, a widow who has time to keep an eye on her neighbors’ actions, makes an astonishing discovery.
Paradise City explores what a city means to those who come seeking their fortune or a better life. It is also a story of absence and loss, of how we shape ourselves around the spaces that people leave behind
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury Books
PUBLICATION DATE: 19th May 2016