Emily Gunnis
Agent(s): Rowan Lawton

After graduating in Journalism, Film and Broadcasting, Emily wrote scripts and had two episodes of BBC Doctors commissioned.

Her debut novel The Girl in the Letter (Headline) sold just under half a million copies worldwide and has been translated into 17 languages. Ivy Jenkins falls pregnant in 1956 and is sent in disgrace to St Margaret’s, a dark house for unmarried mothers, where her baby is adopted against her will. In 2017, journalist and single mother Samantha Harper finds the letters that Ivy wrote to her lover whilst at St Margaret’s. She is pulled into the tragic story and discovers a spate of unexplained deaths surrounding the woman and her child. With St Margaret’s set for demolition, Sam has only hours to piece together a sixty-year-old mystery, before the truth, which lies disturbingly close to home, is lost forever….

The Lost Child (Headline) tells the story of thirteen year old Rebecca who witnesses her mother’s death at the hands of her father. But what else did Rebecca see? Years later, Rebecca’s daughters Iris and Jessie know their mother will never speak of that terrible night in the winter of 1960. But when Jessie goes missing, with her gravely ill newborn, Iris realises the past may hold the key to her sister’s disappearance.

Emily lives in Sussex with her husband Steve and their two very energetic girls, Grace and Eleanor.

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