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An Evening with Author SJ Watson

An Evening with Author SJ Watson

Start Date: 29 February 2012 06:30 PM
End Date: 29 February 2012 09:30 PM

S J Watson

Meet best selling writer and the author of Birmingham's Big City Read SJ Watson

Wednesday 29 February 2012
6.30pm (for 7.00pm start)
@ Birmingham Library Theatre,
Central Library, Birmingham
(This is a free event)

Please note - this event is fully booked now.

If you wish to put your name on the Reserve List, please contact the Reader Development Office on 0121 303 2895/0121 464 2690 or email: reader.development@birmingham.gov.uk

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Before I Go to Sleep By SJ Watson

“Quite simply the best debut I’ve ever read” ‐ TESS GERRITSEN
“A terrific first novel... Thrillers seldom come much better than this” ‐ JOANNE HARRIS
“S J Watson’s debut doesn’t put a foot wrong... Unforgettable” ‐ FINANCIAL TIMES
“An unsettling, compulsive thriller...A truly gripping read” ‐ MARIE CLAIRE

The book: BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP is the story of Christine, a forty‐seven‐year‐old writer who, following a catastrophic accident in her mid‐twenties, is incapable of forming and maintaining new memories for more than a day. Trapped in an existence in which she wakes every day believing herself to be single and with a whole lifetime of choice ahead of her she discovers instead that she lives with her husband, Ben, with most decisions already made. The novel charts her attempts to make sense of her world. When Christine learns that she has been meeting with a doctor who is helping her to recover her memory ‐ and that following his suggestion she has been keeping a journal in order to record her fragmentary recollections and piece together her past ‐ she is hopeful that she may be cured. But the story that emerges is to set in motion a terrifying voyage of discovery that will ultimately have startling consequences for her and all who love her, leading her to question whether the truth is sometimes better left forgotten.

Before I Go to Sleep is the stunning debut novel from British newcomer SJ Watson and was the winner of both the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger for best debut novel of 2011 and the Galaxy National Book Awards Crime and Thriller of the Year 2011. The book has attracted world wide acclaim and has been sold to over 30 territories around the world and translated into over 30 languages. Before I Go to Sleep has been also been acquired for film by Ridley Scott’s production company, Scott Free, with Rowan Joffe (28 Weeks Later; The American) to direct. The novel has been acclaimed by some of the most respected and bestselling contemporary authors and SJ Watson has since been widely recognised as one of the most exciting new authors of 2011 by national newspapers and magazines.

2012 has already seen Before I Go To Sleep as the number one selling book in The Sunday Times bestseller list. It has also been selected for The TV Book Club and is featured in Richard and Judy 2012 Book Club.

The writer: S J Watson was born in the Midlands, lives in London and worked in the NHS for a number of years. 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. For more information about Steve and his work, please visit: www.sjwatson‐books.com

How to book tickets: Please note a guest list will be in operation for this event. To book seats, please email: reader.development@birmingham.gov.uk or call 0121 303 2895/0121 464 2690.

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Venue Information

Birmingham Library Theatre
Birmingham Library Theatre
Paradise Place
West Midlands
B3 3HQ
Email Address:

Telephone Number: 0121 303 2868

The entrance to Birmingham Library Theatre is situated to the left of the entrance to Birmingham Central Library next to the entrance to Birmingham Conservatoire. It is close to Paradise Forum, which has a range of lively bars and cafes, serving food and drink throughout the day and evening. But there is no access from inside the Forum.

Facilities: Lecture Theatre, Limited access for people with mobility difficulties, Stage with Lighting, Toilets

Birmingham Library Theatre is an intimate 200 seat venue in the heart of the city centre. It promotes the special collections and services of Britain's biggest and busiest Central Library by staging challenging literary events, author visits, local history talks and dramatic and musical performances.

Events in the Library Theatre

* Lunchtime Local History Lectures take place every month

* Other events are listed in What's On in Central Library If you are interested in booking the Library Theatre for your own event, please contact:

Room Bookings and Sales Co-ordinator
Central Library
Chamberlain Square
B3 3HQ

Tel: 0121 303 2868

Admission: Free