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Debut Novel Before I Go To Sleep triumphs over industry big-hitters
by Jonny on Nov 7, 2011 at 11:22 am

SJ Watson‘s outstanding debut novel Before I Go To Sleep, recent winner of the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger was again triumphant last night, winning Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Galaxy British Book Awards (the Publishing Industry ‘Oscars’)

It’s been a dazzling year for Watson, whose first novel has become an international sensation, both a New York Times and The Sunday Times bestseller.

Even before publication, Before I Go To Sleep was garnering widespread critical acclaim from the most popular and respected writers in the world today, amongst them Dennis Lehane, Tess Gerritsen, Anita Shreve and Lionel Shriver. The literary critics followed with respectful and adulatory reviews when the book was released. Then the reader reactions poured forth, and Watson’s novel was hailed by the fans, winning Amazon’s Rising Stars award for new writing.

Yesterday SJ Watson saw off formidable competition from the major players in crime/thriller writing today – Martina Cole, Ian Rankin, Robert Harris, CJ Sansom and Val McDermid to win UK Publishing’s highest accolade – a British Book Award.

Steve at the Awards ceremony alongside GBBA winners

Now the novel is pitted against the other category winners for the overall Book of the Year award. You can click here to vote…

Above Steve is pictured at the Awards ceremony alongside GBBA winners, Alan Hollinghurst (Waterstones author of the year); Emma Donoghue, whose ‘Room’ won paperback of the Year; Sarah Winman, New Writer of the Year for ‘When God Was A Rabbit’ and Jackie Collins, collecting her Outstanding Achievement Award.

To order your copy of Before I Go To Sleep click here.

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