There are events still to come (click here for the listings) with some great authors including Ben Kane, S. J. Bolton and Robert Goddard, so if you are nearby do have a look!
I have read and enjoyed both of these novels. You can read my review of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry here.
Before I Go To Sleep is the bestselling book in the UK so far this year.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry has been chosen as one of the Waterstones 11 debut novels of 2012, and I understand it will be their book of the month for April 2012.
Congratulations to both authors on their success.
Some brief notes on some of the things discussed:
Rachel Joyce - Wanted to celebrate the ordinary with her story. You take a little bit of people you meet with you as you go through life. Locations broad and wide in this book. Handing over her finished first draft like jumping into the unknown, needing to know if her book read like an actual book. Harold seemed very real, her children started 'spotting' Harold as they were out and about! Rachel is enjoying spreading the word about her novel now it is completed. She writes in her shed, alongside the garlic and apples in there! She spoke about stories on the radio, where every secen has to move the reader on, have a plot point.
S. J. Watson - The original idea for his novel grew from reading an obituary of a man who couldn't keep new memories beyond several minutes, and had no firm memories beyond when he was in his twenties, but he had lived until his eighties. He discussed the fact that sometimes we think we remember things that never actually happened, the notion of truth can be nebulous for all of us, let alone someone in Christine's condition (Christine is the main character in his novel). You being to think as your character, Christine felt very real whilst writing the story, and she still does. He has discovered he is a morning writer, although he isn't a morning person!