Ella Black seems to live the life most other seventeen-year-olds would kill for . . .
Until one day, telling her nothing, her parents whisk her off to Rio de Janeiro. Determined to find out why, Ella takes her chance and searches through their things.
And realises her life has been a lie.
Her mother and father aren't hers at all. Unable to comprehend the truth, Ella runs away, to the one place they'll never think to look - the favelas.
But there she learns a terrible secret - the truth about her real parents and their past. And the truth about a mother, desperate for a daughter taken from her seventeen years ago . . .
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2018
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHO TO TRUST WHEN YOU CAN'T EVEN TRUST YOURSELF?
I look at my hands. One of them says FLORA BE BRAVE.
Flora has anterograde amnesia. She can't remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is.
Then she kisses someone she shouldn't, and the next day she remembers it. It's the first time she's remembered anything since she was ten.
But the boy is gone. She thinks he's moved to the Arctic.
Will following him be the key to unlocking her memory? Who can she trust?
THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS is the unforgettable YA novel to take home this summer.
"Barr's YA debut is a riveting page-turner that will keep you hooked till the end." - Entertainment Weekly
"An icily atmospheric story with a captivating hook...A pacy page-turner that packs a significant emotional punch" - Guardian
"Gripping. . . We promise you won't see the end coming." - HelloGiggles
"a winning mix of a John Green/ Rainbow Rowell-style sharpness and sensitivity but underlined with a darker edge" - View Magazine
"Do yourself a huge favor and grab this atmospheric, unique mystery for your Memorial Day weekend getaway." - Bustle.com
"An absorbing, original and definitely memorable book." - S Magazine
"An extraordinarily moving and original novel, a story of secrecy and lie, love and loss that manages to be both heart-breaking and life-affirming ...This is Barr's first novel for teenagers and it is as brave as Flora herself". - Daily Mail
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THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS published in 2017 was Emily Barr's first novel for young adults and was a global hit. Before that, she worked as a journalist in London but always hankered after a quiet room and a book to write. She went travelling for a year, which gave her an idea for a novel set in the world of backpackers in Asia. This became BACKPACK, an adult thriller which won the WH Smith New Talent Award, and she has since written eleven more adult novels published in the UK and around the world. She lives in Cornwall with her partner and their children.