Emma Clayton

Emma Clayton spent her teens playing in indie bands and doodling with comic artists. In her twenties she studied screenwriting before becoming an author; The Roar and The Whisper were inspired by her love of film, particularly the Steven Spielberg films she had watched as a child.

In 2013 Emma took a road trip in America, and is now working on a novel inspired by that journey. In her spare time she enjoys hiking up England’s mistier mountains, driving her leaky Land Rover and eating Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.


Twelve-year old twins, Mika and Ellie, live in a future behind a wall – safe from the plague-ridden animals beyond.

Or so they’ve been told.

But when one of them disappears, and the other takes part in a sinister virtual reality game, they begin to discover their concrete world is built on lies.

Determined to find each other again, they go in search of the truth. And as a strange sound in their heads grows to a roar, they find out that children, and the planet, have never mattered more.