Bookmark A Date in Your Diary… It’s Bookmarked ‘Debut Night’
Two stand-out debut British novelists launch "Bookmarked" - a new literary salon co-hosted by Simon Savidge and Adam Lowe at Waterstone's Deansgate on Monday 8th August, 6.30pm at Waterstone's Deansgate in the heart of Manchester.
"Bookmarked" aims to bring something new and fresh to the Manchester cultural scene. Two of the most talked-about and bestselling first-time novelists of 2011, Sarah Winman, author of "When God Was A Rabbit" and SJ Watson, author of "Before I Go To Sleep will be in conversation for the first time together - discussing their writing; plotting and characterisation - and how they travelled the rocky road to publication.
S J Watson was born and grew up in Stourbridge, in the West Midlands. After graduating with a degree in Physics from Birmingham University, Watson moved to London and began working with the hearing impaired in various London hospitals, eventually specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing impaired children, whilst spending evenings and weekends writing fiction. In 2009 Watson was accepted into the first Faber Academy ‘Writing a Novel’ Course, a programme that covers all aspects of the novel-writing process. Before I Go to Sleep is the result. Now sold in over 30 languages around the world, ‘Before I Go To Sleep’ has been also been acquired for film by Ridley Scott’s production company, Scott Free, with Rowan Joffe to direct. It was also chosen for a ‘Book at Beachtime’ on Radio 4 Extra.
"It's exceptionally accomplished...The structure is so dazzling it almost distracts you from the quality of the writing." Guardian
"SJ Watson's debut doesn't put a foot wrong... brilliantly simple... Unforgettable." Financial Times Weekend
Sarah Winman grew up in Essex. She attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to act in theatre, film and television. 'When God Was A Rabbit’ went straight into the Sunday Times Bestseller List and has been chosen by endless book groups over the year including Richard and Judy, Waterstones and Grazia. It was selected for Simon Mayo's Book Club on BBC Radio 2 and it was also chosen as one of the ‘Waterstones 11’ which highlighted the debut novels to get excited about in 2011. Sarah lives in London and loves to escape to the family home in Cornwall as much as possible. 'When God Was a Rabbit’ is her first novel and she is currently working on her next.
‘Gloriously offbeat… Winman’s narrative voice is beautifully true, with a child’s unsentimental clarity. A superb debut’ The Times
‘It’s rare to find a novel you’re recommending to friends, family and colleagues by page 60 but When God Was A Rabbit is just that kind of book… A truly great book to lose yourself in; prepare to bore everyone else around you by telling them just how much they need to read it’ Stylist