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'SPINE TINGLING' Mail on Sunday
Daily Mail
'BEAUTIFULLY COMPLEX' For the Love of Books

Full list of reviews here

'An eerie and sorrowful tale, beautifully told. A
hugely impressive debut'

Joanna Kavenna, winner of the Orange Prize




The Unforgotten,
Laura Powell

CORNWALL. 1956. Fifteen-year-old Betty Broadbent has never left the fishing village of St Steele or ventured far beyond the walls of the boarding house run by her erratic mother. But when the London press pack descends on St Steele to report on a series of gruesome murders of young women, Betty's world changes. She is instantly transfixed by the mysterious and aloof reporter, Mr Gallagher.

As the death toll rises, an unlikely friendship blossoms between Betty and Gallagher. But as their bond deepens, they find themselves entangled with the murders and each is forced to make a devastating choice, one that will shape their own lives – and the life of an innocent man – forever.

Out now - released March 2016



Named as one of Amazon's Rising Stars 2016

Winner of a New Writer's Bursary, Literature Wales

Book of the Week, The Sun

Selected for Sainsbury's Summer Book Club 2016

Selected for Glamour's Summer Reading List 2016

Longlisted for The Guardian's Not The Booker Prize


29-31 May 2016
Chairing talks at The Hay Festival 

2 July 2016
Signing at Rhiwbina Summer Festival

21 August 2016 Talk at the Margate Bookie

29-30 October
Cardiff Literature Festival

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'A spine-tingling story of the secrets we choose to keep.' 
Mail on Sunday

'Intrigue, suspense and a unique story. The author is annoyingly talented and I devoured this book in a day.' 
The Sun

'Forbidden love. A serial killer on the loose. A huge moral dilemma... Bid your to-do list goodbye because you're not going to be able to put it down.' 
Sunday Telegraph, Stella Magazine

'The plot rattles along with plenty of red herrings... until the killer twist.' 
Daily Mail

'A beautifully complex story about coming of age and learning what really matters.' 
For The Love Of Books

'A clever first book by a remarkable new voice. Laura Powell has all the makings of becoming one of modern literature's greats.' 
Sogo Magazine

'Assured and intriguing... with a slight Broadchurch feel.' 
Sunday Herald

'The Unforgotten has all the classic page-turner ingredients.'
Emerald Street, Stylist

'A quirky, vivid, original writer.' 
Maggie Gee OBE, novelist

'An eerie and sorrowful tale, beautifully-told: a hugely impressive debut.' 
Joanna Kavenna, novelist

'Laura Powell, with her unique style and intricately-developed characters, is an exciting new voice.' 
Jade the Obscure

'A murder mystery that exudes menace and suspense. It has both moral complexity and emotional depth.' 
Isobel's Literary Sofa

'An unforgettable tale of love and loss.' 
Richard Skinner, Director of Fiction at the Faber Academy

'Gripping from the first page, this is a remarkable debut. I highly recommend it.' 
Katie Fforde, novelist


Laura is a Commissioning Editor at the Daily Telegraph. In the past she has worked as a Features Writer at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, where she was originally recruited on the Graduate Trainee Reporter Scheme. She has contributed features to numerous magazines and newspapers including The Guardian, The Observer, Evening Standard, Grazia, Company, Easy Living, The Lady, Stylist and Homes & Gardens. 

She has also worked as Deputy Editor of Economia, the UK's largest monthly business magazine, and as Managing Editor of Elite Traveler, a US luxury travel and lifestyle magazine. 



LAURA POWELL is a Commissioning Editor at the Daily Telegraph. She has worked as a Features Writer at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, and as Deputy Editor of Economia and Managing Editor of Elite Traveler. She has written features and interviews for The Guardian, The Observer, the Evening Standard, and various women’s magazines.

Laura has won several awards including a Scott Trust Bursary from the Guardian Media Group and a New Writer’s Bursary from Literature Wales. She read English Literature at the University of Warwick, completed her MA at Goldsmiths, University of London and she is also a graduate of the Faber Academy. Originally from Wales, she now lives in London.

The Unforgotten is her first novel.




Email: laura.powell@telegraph.co.uk

Agent: Norah Perkins at Curtis Brown

Publicist: Fiona Brownlee at Brownlee Donald Associates

Publisher: Adrian Searle at Freight Books

Photography: Derek Man


Agent profile
Curtis Brown