Nominated by:

Aberdeen City Libraries, Scotland

Birmingham Libraries, England

Publisher of nominated edition:

Doubleday London, UK

Before I Go To Sleep

S.J. Watson      

‘As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me …’

Memories define us.

So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love – all forgotten overnight.

And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the truth.

Welcome to Christine’s life.

(From Publisher)

About the Author 

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. Before I Go To Sleep has become a phenomenal international success, sold in 42 territories around the world. It is a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller, and won both the Crime Writers’ Association Award for Best Debut Novel and the Galaxy National Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year.

Librarians’ Comments

Before I Go To Sleep is an original and haunting debut novel which explores how our memories define us. A well written and chilling psychological thriller.

This debut novel has really caught the public’s imagination, especially the ending. I have had conversations with many individuals enthusing about it – urging me in my professional capacity not to miss it. This book has also been added to our multiple copy loan collection for book groups in the city.

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