Elizabeth is Missing voted favourite Richard and Judy Spring title

Elizabeth is Missing voted favourite Richard and Judy Spring title

Emma Healey’s début novel Elizabeth is Missing (Penguin) has been voted as the best title in Richard and Judy’s Spring 2015 Book Club.

Readers voted for their favourite book from the book club’s eight Spring picks on the W H Smith website. The second most-voted-for title was The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (Picador), with Tony Parsons’ The Murder Bag (Arrow) coming in third.

Richard and Judy said: “This book is beautifully written and utterly absorbing, we are both delighted that it has won the reader vote. If you haven’t got around to reading Elizabeth is Missing yet, you’re in for a real treat.”

Healey added: “I’m really overwhelmed by this response and want to say a big thank you to everyone who voted. To find out that readers have enjoyed and championed the book like this is unbelievably encouraging. It means everything, and makes me want to keep writing.”

Healey also won the Costa First Novel Award for her book about an elderly woman suffering from dementia. The book has sold 258,438 copies across all formats through Nielsen BookScan since its publication in June 2014.

Richard and Judy will announce the new selection of titles for their Summer 2015 Book Club in two weeks’ time.