Emylia Hall is the author of six women’s fiction novels including a new cozy crime series, The Shell House Detectives.
Her writing career began in 2012 with The Book of Summers, a coming-of-age story inspired by childhood holidays. Published by Headline, it was one of the bestselling debuts of the year, a Richard and Judy Book Club selection, and went on to be voted the favourite read of the summer by readers. A Heart Bent Out of Shape was published in 2013 and won the Novelicious Book of the Year Award. The Sea Between Us followed in 2015 and The Thousand Lights Hotel in 2017. Her work has been translated into 10 languages and broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music.
In July 2023 The Shell House Detectives, the first in her new crime series set on the Cornish coast, was published by Thomas & Mercer. The Harbour Lights Mystery followed later the same year, continuing to follow the exploits of sleuthing duo Ally and Jayden and the people in and around the fictional village of Porthpella. With books set in rural Hungary, the Swiss Riviera, the Tuscan isle of Elba and Cornwall’s wild and wonderful west, Emylia’s work—whether women’s fiction or crime—is strongly influenced by place and matters of the heart.
Emylia has taught creative writing workshops in Kigali, Zurich, at the University of Lausanne, and as a regular tutor for Arvon. In 2018–20 she was a Fellow for the Royal Literary Fund, based at the University of the West of England. She believes passionately in writing as a way of enriching life experience. If you’re writing reading group, literary fiction or cozy crime you’ll find Emylia an encouraging and caring tutor.