Friday, 18 May 2012

An update

I've been on holiday so there's something of a backlog of news to report! Before I Go to Sleep has been on a few lists lately - it's been longlisted for the Desmond Elliott prize and the 2012 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year, as well as being shortlisted for a Crimefest award for the best unabridged audiobook.

Then there's the film. Nicole Kidman has signed up to play Christine in the film of Before I Go to Sleep. A few people are asking when the film is out - the simple answer is 'I'm not sure!' Filming is now scheduled to start later this year or early next year, however. Watch this space for more news regarding the casting of the other parts!

Also, the book was selected as the readers's choice in the TV Book Club. It's so lovely to be nominated for any prize, of course, but as this was chosen by the readers themselves it's that bit extra special. Thanks to everyone who voted!


Rebecca said...

I finished reading the book today and I had to look you up to tell you how much I enjoyed it. I am just astonished at how good it is. Last night was the first night for many weeks that my two small children both slept at the same time for a few hours, and I still didn't get any sleep because I couldn't put down your book! I kept trying to second-guess the ending but didn't see it coming. And the way things are left unresolved in the final couple of pages (I'm trying not to spoil the ending for anyone who happens to read this!) is just perfect. It's one of the best things I've ever read.

As well as enjoying it as a piece of literature, I thought it was philosophically very interesting (I worked as an academic philosopher until I became a mum a couple of years ago). Obviously there is the issue of the centrality of the role that memory plays in our being the same person today as we were earlier. It also raises interesting questions about what sort of thing the mind is. Perhaps you came across the 'extended mind' hypothesis in your research: the rather wacky idea that non-bodily objects count as parts of the mind if they're used in the right way. People who believe this would say that Christine's notebook is literally part of her mind. (The main paper on this topic even discusses, as an example, the idea of someone supplementing a sketchy memory with a notebook.) It's not an intuitively appealing view, but your book is the most convincing argument I've seen for it. The scene where Christine risks (and suffers) injury in order to rescue her journal very dramatically shows that of course it's not merely a notebook to her, and raises the question of what exactly it is if not part of her memory.

Congratulations on all the awards and accolades - they're richly deserved!

Laurie Axinn Gienapp said...

This is the first time I've written an author, and I've been a voracious reader for the last 50 of my 55 years. I loved the concept (and disagree with those who said this has been done before), I loved the execution, and I loved the technical aspects. I started doing nano a few years ago, and while I love nano, I hate the fact that I find myself correcting, or at least editing, the phrasing of most authors. At no time, did I mentally change anything you did. My only beef is that it appears you haven't published anything else. Yeah, yeah, yeah.. they're going to make a movie out of BIGTS.... I want another book! Absolutely, the accolades and awards are richly deserved, but quit resting on your laurels, and get back to work!!
A very compelling book, from start to finish.

Laurie Gienapp

Amina Tariq said...

I read the book on summer. I just found this website. You probably heard this a lot but GOOD JOB! I'm not a fan of reading novels but your novel motivated me to read more & more! Great work!
Regards for the middle east (Qatar).

tracy hayward said...

just 'WOW' !!!

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed your book. I must have missed part of it; why her husband and son completely took her out of their lives for so many years. They thought she was still in an institution and never once bothered to check on her or get help for her. That kind of apathy from family pretty much ruined it for me.

Anonymous said...

je viens de finir votre livre et je suis encore très émue, c'est une oeuvre remarquable, magnifiquement construite et qui nous maintient en haleine jusqu’à la fin
je serais ravie de lire un autre prochain ouvrage..
avec admiration