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A Writer On Writing: Before I Go To Sleep

Sally Jenkins tells of a book that is sure to keep you awake.

Iíve just read a terrific book Ė Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson. http://www.sjwatson-books.com/beforeigotosleep/

Itís about a lady called Christine who suffers from memory loss. Each morning she wakes up next to a strange man, not knowing who he is, how she got there or if anything happened between them. This man is her husband, Ben, and every day he has to explain their relationship to her and the facts about her past life. This happens day after day after day. Then a doctor takes an interest in her case and begins to see Christine without Benís knowledge. He encourages Christine to start keeping a journal and it appears that Ben may not be telling the full story about Christineís past.

The ending is nail-biting stuff Ö

In 2009 Watson took part in the first Faber Academy ĎWriting a Novelí course and this book is the result. Ever hopeful, Iíve just had a quick look at this course and itís £3,500 for 6 months Ė a bit out of my league but it was obviously a good investment for Watson because the book has been translated into 30 languages and the film rights have been acquired. http://www.faberacademy.co.uk/Public/CourseDetails.aspx?CourseID=1014

Before I Go To Sleep is Birminghamís Big City Read and 1,000 free copies (999 now because Iíve had one of them) are available from the cityís libraries. More details are here. http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/bigcityread

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