David Fickling, 2016
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Liz lives in Hebden Bridge with her family, a border terrier and a small flock of chickens. She has recently moved home, which has caused her dog to freak out.
Liz is also studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity University.
Until recently Liz ran The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre at Lumb Bank, hosting creative writing courses.
Liz has previously lived in London and Brighton and worked in children’s book publishing for twelve years.
It starts like any other day for shy Goth Jess – get up, draw on eyeliner, cover up tattoos and head to school. But soon it’s clear this isn’t an ordinary day, Jess’s best friend, Eden, isn’t at school and has gone missing. Jess knows she must do everything in her power to find Eden especially as Eden has recently lost her sister.
They have supported each other through loss, bullying, love and heartbreak.
Jess decides to look back at the summer she and Eden have just spent together. But looking back means digging up buried secrets, and Jess realises that maybe they don’t know each other that well after all.
This is a tense and thrilling journey through friendship, loss, betrayal and self-discovery.
Liz lives in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, where her story is based.
Eden Summer is her first thriller.
When working as a commissioning editor, Liz appeared on The Richard and Judy Show to promote a writing competition, in front of two million viewers.
Phoebe from King James's School:
Riham from co operative academy of Leeds:
Cameron from Cardinal Heenan:
Ciara from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School:
Grace from Prince Henrys Grammar School:
Tessa from Cardinal Heenan:
Chloe from Prince henrys grammar school :
Jessica from King James's School:
Katarina from Prince Henry's Grammar School:
Victoria from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School:
Aleksandra from Cardinal Heenan High School:
Kate from Cardinal Heenan:
Millie from King james's school:
Una from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School:
Anna from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School: