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S.J. Watson

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S J Watson was born in the UK, lives in London and worked in the NHS for a number of years.

In 2011 Watson's debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, was released to critical acclaim. It has now been published in over 40 languages, and has become an international bestseller, winning numerous awards.

The movie of Before I Go To Sleep, starrring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong, is due for worldwide release in Autumn 2014. Watson's second book is out in Spring 2015.


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S.J. Watson Hi Tanya - thank you for your kind words about Before I Go to Sleep! I'm very happy that you liked it.

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Hi Tanya - thank you for your kind words about Before I Go to Sleep! I'm very happy that you liked it.

My new book is finished. It's going to be out in Spring 2015 and is called 'Second Life'. (less)
S.J. Watson Thank you Suzanne - I'm actually delighted that you thought the author of the book was a woman! It's a huge compliment...

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Thank you Suzanne - I'm actually delighted that you thought the author of the book was a woman! It's a huge compliment...

I think all novels and stories have to start with character, so I spent a lot of time thinking about Christine and who she was, and how she'd respond in the situations she finds herself. I tried very hard to imagine her perspective, and was also lucky enough to have a number of female friends who I could talk to. But ultimately I think the job of a writer is to think themselves into the head of someone who isn't them, and this can and should include people whose experience isn't directly comparable to theirs. So while the fact I was writing from a woman's perspective was a leap, it was jump I wanted to make...(less)
Average rating: 3.83 · 102,258 ratings · 12,360 reviews · 2 distinct works · Similar authors
Before I Go To Sleep
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 102,257 ratings — published 2011 — 111 editions
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The film of Before I Go to Sleep is coming soon! The above is a still from the movie, showing Nicole Kidman as Christine.
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June 2011, S.J. Watson
"In his psychological thriller, Before I Go to Sleep, a woman with amnesia must relearn her life each day with the help of a man she does not recognize or trust—her husband." ...More

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More of S.J.'s books…
“We’re constantly changing facts, rewriting history to make things easier, to make them fit in with our preferred version of events. We do it automatically. We invent memories. Without thinking. If we tell ourselves something happened often enough we start to believe it, and then we can actually remember it.”
S.J. Watson, Before I Go To Sleep

“What are we, if not an accumulation of our memories?”
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“It's so difficult, isn't it? To see what's going on when you're in the absolute middle of something? It's only with hindsight we can see things for what they are.”
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