S. J. Watson lives in London and worked in the National Health Service for a number of years. In 2009 Watson was accepted into the first Faber Academy Writing a Novel course, a rigorous and selective program that covers all aspects of the novel-writing process. Before I Go to Sleep is the result.
I'm delighted to tell you that my new novel is finished. It's called SECOND LIFE and will be out (in the UK) in February, with other countries to follow. You can find out more here. The book's Amazon page is here.
I've been on holiday so there's something of a backlog of news to report! Before I Go to Sleep has been on a few lists lately - it's been longlisted for the Desmond Elliott prize and the 2012 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year, as well as being shortlisted for a Crimefest award for the best unabridged audiobook.
Then there's the film. Nicole Kidman has signed up to play Christine in the film of Before I Go to Sleep. A few people are asking when the film is out - the sim
I was lucky enough to be invited to France's Quai du Polar festival the other weekend, which was held in the beautiful city of Lyon. I'd never been to Lyon before, and as usual on these trips I didn't really get the opportunity to explore much of the city, but what I did see (mostly from the back of a car as I was being driven from one of my events (a discussion
panel about thriller fiction) to another (my introduction to the film Fight Club at cinéma Lumière) was stunning. T
I was in Denmark last week, where the book, (called "Før jeg lukker øjnene", which means "Before I Close My Eyes") has just come out. I certainly had a great time, beginning in Copenhagen, where I'd been invited to the studio of "Go'Morgen Danmark" to record an interview. It was very odd to be sitting in front of a huge screen with a picture of my book on it, talking about the characters and the inspiration for the book, but very gratifying. You
I spent the evening in Birmingham on Wednesday, a city particularly important to me as I grew up nearby, and went to University there. It's changed a great deal in the years since I left, but it's still unmistakable, and arriving at New Street on the train is still enormously evocative, though of what I'm no longer sure.
I was there for an event that was the climax of the Big City Read project - the aim of which was to get the whole of the area reading and discussing Before I Go to
So, this weekend I've been teaching. I like teaching, I find it incredibly stimulating to sit in a room with a few like-minded writers, each sharing our experience, thoughts and stories about writing. Sometimes it's almost as if I'm not a 'teacher' as much as a facilitator - all I can really do is offer my advice and talk about things that work for me, or that I've seen work for other people, and in this way help people to look at the options they have and perhaps inspire them to go home and tr
On Tuesday I had the news that this week Before I Go to Sleep will spend it's sixth week at the top of the Sunday Times paperback charts here in the UK! Apparently this is the longest unbroken run at number one in over 5 years! Once again I'd like to thank everyone who's bought and enjoyed the book - it really means a lot to me. What made it particularly special was that on the same day I also saw someone sitting opposite me on the underground, reading the book. A long time ago, when I first fo
Just a quick reminder that I'll be teaching on a Guardian Masterclass - "Discovering the Novelist Within" - along with the fantastic Helen Dunmore, on 25th and 26th February. There are only a few places on the course and they're selling fast, but take a look here.
I took a walk to the harbour front here in Oslo yesterday. It's certainly cold here, but very beautiful, and here by the water there was an odd sense of being on the edge of the wilderness. I know that's not necessarily the case, but still I think this is as far north as I've ever been, and I had visions of climbing onboard and setting off for the ice floes!
It's been a good trip, but with precious little time to explore. I hope to come back, and next time with a thicker jumper...
I spent yesterday evening in Staines library, where I was doing an event. There was a good crowd, and it was particularly enjoyable answering people's questions about Before I Go to Sleep. It's always really nice when people tell me how much they've enjoyed the book, and when the organisers have also laid on a spread (sandwiches and cake, plus wine) what's not to love?
Today, the weather in London has been dreadful. So much rain, skies the colour of ash, a pallor hanging over the city that made it just seem...well... dreary. So I've stayed in all afternoon, trying to get on with work, and also thinking about this blog.
I never intended it to be what I think it's becoming - a sort of dumping ground for news about Before I Go to Sleep for those who haven't read, or aren't inclined to read, my website. I always intended it to be more personal,
I've just heard that Before I Go to Sleep will be at number one in the Sunday Times bestseller list again this week, making it three weeks in a row! It's so wonderful that people are enjoying the book - again, to everyone who has bought and read the book, and recommended it to their friends, thank you!!
I've just had official notification that Before I Go to Sleep is this week's bestselling book and will be at number one on the Sunday Times bestseller list! I'm so delighted, and I'd like to thank everyone who has supported the book!
I'm very excited to finally be able to report that Before I Go to Sleep has been selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club! There'll be an exclusive paperback edition available from WHSmith in the UK, with some extra content! More details can be found here.
S J Watson on Before I Go to Sleep from Bookhugger on Vimeo.
Here's a video of me accepting the Galaxy Book Award for best Crime/Thriller Novel 2011, along with an interview in which I discuss Before I Go to Sleep. Plus there're some shots of me looking at vegetables, for added interest...
I'm incredibly happy that Before I Go to Sleep has been mentioned in lots of the 'books for Christmas' and 'books of the year' lists that invariably pop up around this time of year. In particular, it's been featured in The Independent, the Sunday Express, The Sunday Times, The Observer and Amazon's lists.
What's also particularly nice for me is when writers choose it as a recommended read. Howard Blum has chosen the book in this list, and Lee Child has given it a fantasti
I'll be in Birmingham today (December 7th) to help launch an exciting project! Before I Go to Sleep has been chosen as the Birmingham Big City Read!
From now until February 2012, Birmingham Libraries are setting free 1,000 copies of the book for people to read, review and pass on to a friend.
Take a look here on "Reading Groups for Everyone" - where readers, reading groups and book clubs can be part of the project by posting their revie