Books that changed me: S.J. Watson

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Author S.J. Watson.
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Author S.J. Watson.

Author S.J. Watson.

S.J. Watson’s debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, has sold 4 million copies in more than 40 languages and was 2011 British Crime Novel of the Year. The film adaptation stars Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. Watson’s new psychological thriller, Second Life (Text Publishing), follows a woman’s efforts to investigate her sister’s violent death.

The Swimming Pool Library Alan Hollinghurst

I read this one summer when I’d just moved to London. It was hugely affecting, partly because because I was working in Russell Square and socialising in the bars of Soho, where much of this book takes place. It almost felt as if I was living in the world of the book, or the book was showing me a glimpse of how life could be.

Becoming a Man Paul Monette

This memoir describes Monette’s struggle with his sexuality, his attempts to hide his same-sex attraction and the pain of unrequited love. I read it on the train on the way to visit my parents for the weekend, and on the Sunday before I came back to London I told them I was gay.

The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood

When I  read this I had no expectations and knew nothing about Atwood, but when I finished it I thought “Wow” and instantly decided I needed to reconnect with my desire to be an author. In many ways this book began the process that saw me write Before I Go to Sleep.

In My Skin Kate Holden

Another book I picked up randomly, not knowing anything about it, and another memoir, this time of Kate’s addiction to heroin and subsequent life as a sex worker. It’s harrowing, yet beautiful, and made me really think, not only about what writing can do, but also about the way society treats women who work in the sex industry.

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