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Emily Barr (aka Claudia Green)

  • Publication date: January 2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's
  • Country: GB
  • 320 print pages
  • Young Adult


  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Antarctica
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Surpassing oneself, Coming of age, Handicap


The book is about Flora, a teenage girl who lives with anterograde amnesia - which involves inability to remember information encountered after its onset -and has to re-remember her life several times each day.


Shortlisted for The Bookseller’s YA Book Prize 2018
Longlisted for the 2018 Branford Boase awards
Launched on the Third Zoella Book Club (2017)

Translation rights sold: USA, France, Israël, Italy, Catalan, World Spanish, Germany, Brazil, Bulgary, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Japan, Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia, Russia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Sweden

Penguin Random House Children's pre-empted this book (along with a second stand alone novel) in a six figure deal. They are comparing it to WE WERE LIARS and THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME.

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 about it 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, 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.


Flora Banks has to re-remember the details of her life every day, sometimes every hour. She can't remember anything that has happened to her since she was ten, when she suffered a brain injury.

Until now.
Now, suddenly, one blissful memory is there in her head and it’s staying there.
A memory that could change Flora’s life, if she is bold enough to follow her heart.
But she has no idea who she can really trust;

Flora, be brave . . .

Set in the wild landscape of the Arctic, THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS is a gripping new psychological thriller and a poignant coming of age story.

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  • Author’s biography

    Emily Barr is a bestselling British writer.
    A former journalist in London, she went travelling for a year, writing a column about it. Based on this experience, she wrote her first book, BACKPACK, an adult thriller which won the WH Smith New Talent Award.
    She has since written more than ten adult novels, translated into more than 20 languages.
    She lives in Cornwall.