It’s publication day for Katherine Slee’s wonderful book club novel, For Emily.

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Catriona dies unexpectedly, each one becomes a cryptic clue in a breadcrumb trail that apparently leads to her lost, unpublished manuscript.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.