Date: Thursday 26th July 2012
Sarah Winman was born and brought up in suburban Essex. She attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to act in theatre, film and television. She pursued her acting career for 23 years, but she became disillusioned by acting and the profession and enrolled on a course in Exploring Fiction at the City Lit in Covent Garden. By the second term she was half way through a first novel. Although this novel wasn’t published it secured her a relationship with a wonderful literary agent, and got very good feedback from publishers.
The experience spurred her into writing When God was a Rabbit, which was published by Headline Review in 2011.
When God was a Rabbit has been described as the story of a fabulous but flawed family and the slew of ordinary and extraordinary incidents that shape their everyday lives. Spanning four decades, from 1968 onwards, it is a story about childhood and growing up, loss of innocence, eccentricity, familial ties and friendships, love and life. Stripped down to its bare bones, it’s about the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister.
Both a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller and a Richard and Judy Book Club pick, When God Was a Rabbit has been praised as one of the most striking and original novels of the year. And Sarah herself has been called the extraordinary new voice in fiction.
She will be talking to Patrick Gale about how and why she writes.
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