Emily Critchley

Emily Critchley grew up in Essex. She left school at sixteen and worked in various shops and call centres where she jotted down ideas for short stories on scraps of till roll. She moved to Brighton in 2012, then to London in 2013 where she studied Creative Writing at London Metropolitan University, graduating with a first class honours degree. Her short stories and poetry have been published in both online and printed magazines, and she has written for stage and screen.

Emily’s first novel for young adults was published in 2017 and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Notes on My Family was also longlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase award and shortlisted for the Bristol Teen Book award. She is currently working on her second novel.

When not writing, she can be found reading in North London’s coffee shops, or sitting at home on her sofa watching her favourite Woody Allen films.

Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal
Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award
Shortlisted for the Bristol Teen Book Award


Notes on my Family

Emily Critchley

Louise Coulson is a person aged thirteen and a half. She likes to be left to her own devices. She has a dog called Renzo but it should be noted that Renzo lives in an alternate universe along with her real/imaginary parents.

Louise Coulson cannot juggle or walk a tightrope or perform any additional circus tricks. She likes cheese and pickle sandwiches and endorses the fact that the world is round and she cannot, therefore, fall off.

Unbeknown to herself, Lou has a touch of genius as an observer. Her notes, full of humour and insight, will make you wonder what ‘normal’ really looks like and whether it’s the people who are ‘different’ that make a difference.

‘This exceptional young adult/crossover debut is the compelling, sharply observed story of a family in crisis told, in an understated narrative voice reminiscent of Mark Haddon or Harper Lee, by 13-year-old Lou’

— Sunday Times