Novels by two UEA alumni have been selected as Waterstones Spring Book Club titles: the Man Booker shortlisted ‘The Lives of Others’ by Neel Mukherjee (Vintage) and this year’s Costa First Novel Award winner ‘Elizabeth is Missing’ by Emma Healey (Penguin). Neel graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2001 and published his first novel ‘A Life Apart’ in 2010, winning the Vodafone-Crossword Award and the Writers’ Guild Best Fiction Book Award. ‘The Lives of Others’ was shortlisted last year for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction and The Costa Novel Award and is currently on the longlist for the 2015 Folio Prize. Emma graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2011. ‘Elizabeth is Missing’ is her first novel and was this week named as the winner of the Costa First Novel Award. It has previously been shortlisted for the Jarrold New Writing Award and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize.