The Confession of Stella Moon

Shelley Day

Shelley Day won the prestigious Edge Hill prize for her short story collection What Are You Like? in 2020.

Her debut novel, The Confession of Stella Moon, won the Andrea Badenoch Award, was longlisted for the Bath Novel Award, and shortlisted for the Charles Pick Fellowship and the Dundee International Book Prize.

Her short stories have also won prizes and have appeared in magazines, newspapers, anthologies and online. She has read at the Hexham Book Festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and on the Edinburgh Fringe. 

In 2013 she was named as one of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature’s emerging writers. In 2015 she won a Northern Writers’ Award. Before becoming a writer, Shelley worked as a litigation lawyer, a psychology lecturer and a research professor. 

The Confession of Stella Moon

by Shelley Day

  • RRP: £8.99 (print) / £4.99 (ebook)
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781910192412
  • Ebook ISBN: 9781910192429



Buy The Confession of Stella Moon

Because dark secrets don’t decompose

1977: A killer is released from prison and returns ‘home’ – to a decaying, deserted boarding house choked with weeds and foreboding.

Memories of strange rituals, gruesome secrets and shame hang heavy in the air, exerting a brooding power over young Stella Moon.

She is eager to restart her life, but first she must confront the ghosts of her macabre family history and her own shocking crime. Guilt, paranoia and manipulation have woven a tangled web of truth and lies. All is ambiguous. Of only one thing is she certain…

Stella Moon killed her own mother.

Prizes and awards

WINNER, Andrea Badenoch Prize
SHORTLISTED, Dundee International Book Prize
LONGLISTED, Bath Novel Award

REVIEWS OF The Confession of Stella Moon

"Shelley Day’s voice is exciting and unique ... and her fiction thematically rich." Jackie Kay

"A timely and intelligent book ... passion, insight and a real understanding of both risk and mercy ... delicately explores the tangled layers of family grief and guilt." AL Kennedy