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. Second Life, Watson's second book, is out now, and has already been a top ten bestseller.

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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...

I think all novels and storie…more
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)
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.

My new book is finished. It's going to be out in…more
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)
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Before I Go to Sleep

3.89 avg rating — 278,325 ratings — published 2011 — 174 editions
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Second Life

3.26 avg rating — 16,481 ratings — published 2015 — 84 editions
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Final Cut

3.50 avg rating — 92 ratings — expected publication 2020 — 18 editions
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“What are we, if not an accumulation of our memories?”
S.J. Watson, Before I Go to Sleep

“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

“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.”
S.J. Watson, Before I Go to Sleep

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