Emily Barr worked as a journalist in London, but always hankered after a quiet room and a book to write. She went travelling for a year, writing a column in the Guardian as she went, and it was there that she had an idea for a novel set in the world of backpackers in Asia. This became Backpack, a thriller which won the WH Smith New Talent Award. She has since written eleven more novels published in the UK and around the world, and a novella, Blackout, for the Quick Reads series. Her twelfth novel, The Sleeper, is a psychological thriller set on the London to Cornwall sleeper train.
In 2013 she went to Svalbard with the idea of setting a thriller in the Arctic. The book that came out of it was The One Memory of Flora Banks, a thriller for young adults, which attracted universal interest from publishers before being bought pre-emptively by Penguin. It will be published in 21 countries in 2017, and will be followed by a second YA book set in Brazil.
Emily lives in Cornwall with her partner Craig and their children.