Elisabeth Carpenter


Elisabeth Carpenter is the author of 99 RED BALLOONS, published in 2017 by Avon HarperCollins. Her second novel, 11 MISSED CALLS, is out July 2018. Elisabeth lives in Preston, Lancashire with her family. She loves the north of England and sets most of her stories in the area. Elisabeth (Libby) Carpenter won a Northern Writers New Fiction Award (2016) and was longlisted for Yeovil Literary Prize (2015 & 2016) and MsLexia Women?s Novel award (2015).

Praise for 99 Red Balloons: "A wonderfully assured debut about every parent?s darkest nightmare: expertly weaving a family's story together with a real sense of tension and some great twists. Highly recommended" TM LOGAN, bestselling author of LIES.

"An intense domestic thriller, twists and turns galore, and a host of family secrets. An absorbing read" PAUL FINCH, bestselling author of STRANGER.

"Libby Carpenter's beautiful writing draws you in immediately. Her characterisation is superb, and she skillfully delivers a pacey, suspenseful plot. 99 Red Balloons is an intelligent, taut and compelling thriller that manages to pack a punch - and still throws you right at the end. It's perfect - I loved every word" SAM CARRINGTON, bestselling author of SAVING SOPHI

"I LOVED 99 Red Balloons. What a rollercoaster of a read! I swear, you could almost SEE the moment when everything clicked into place in my head! A brilliant, tense, pacy read" LISA HALL, bestselling author of BETWEEN ME AND YOU


Crime / Suspense

Publications & Performance History

99 Red Balloons (2017) 11 Missed Calls (2018)

Workshop & Reading Experience

Readings at Waterstones and Nantwich Bookshop.


Caroline Hardman: caroline@hardmanswainson.com Sabah Khan Avon HarperCollins: Sabah.Khan@harpercollins.co.uk

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