Beth Morrey’s stunning “coming-of-old” debut, The Love Story of Missy Carmichael, is published in the US and Canada today by Putnam / Penguin Random House.

This wonderful, life-affirming novel, was published in the UK in February as Saving Missy, and has already become a Sunday Times bestselling novel in the UK, soaring into the list at No. 6.

The novel was recently featured in an article in the Independent about the “Best Debut Novels”, and since it was first submitted to editors ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018, it has been featured in the Guardian, The TelegraphSunday Times Culture, Bustle and The Bookseller. Beth herself has been chosen as one of the Media Eyes Rising Stars, and was featured in a stunning article in the Observer about the “Best Debut Novelists of 2020“. The Saving Missy audiobook, narrated by the Olivier Award-winning actress Dame Harriet Walter, was shortlisted for the New York Festival Radio Awards.

Are you ready to meet Missy?

The world has changed around seventy-nine-year-old librarian Millicent Carmichael, aka Missy. Though quick to admit that she often found her roles as a housewife and mother less than satisfying, Missy once led a bustling life driven by two children, an accomplished and celebrated husband, and a Classics degree from Cambridge. Now her husband is gone, her daughter is estranged after a shattering argument, and her son has moved to his wife’s native Australia, taking Missy’s beloved only grandchild half-a-world away. She spends her days sipping sherry, avoiding people, and rattling around in her oversized, under-decorated house waiting for…what exactly?

The last thing Missy expects is for two perfect strangers and one spirited dog named Bob to break through her prickly exterior and show Missy just how much love she still has to give. In short order, Missy finds herself in the jarring embrace of an eclectic community that simply won’t take no for an answer–including a rambunctious mutt-on-loan whose unconditional love gives Missy a reason to re-enter the world one muddy paw print at a time.

Filled with wry laughter and deep insights, The Love Story of Missy Carmichael is a coming-of-old story that shows us it’s never too late to forgive yourself and, just as important, it’s never too late to love.

The novel has also received the acclaim of early readers:

“Here is a love story of the most important kind: that of coming to love oneself through accepting and returning the love of others – be it people or dogs. I truly enjoyed reading this story of a big-hearted but embittered woman who turns her life around, two steps forward and one step back, which is to say realistically…” Elizabeth Berg, author of Night of Miracles 

“For everyone with an Eleanor Oliphant-shaped hole in their heart, this is the book to fill it. Gorgeous characters, heartfelt storytelling and the sort of book that lifts your heart.” Eithne Shortall, author of Grace After Henry

“Morrey has deftly created a series of love stories, interwoven together and told in snippets through time … Pain, grief, and hurt are all part of life in this moving portrayal of the many forms love can take.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 

“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

To date, this phenomenal novel has sold into an outstanding 17 territories.

Previously Creative Director at RDF Television, Beth now writes full time. She was previously shortlisted for the Grazia-Orange First Chapter award, and had her work published in the Cambridge and Oxford May Anthologies while at university.

Beth lives in London with her husband, two sons and a dog named Polly.