Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Frankly, My Dear, I Do Give a Damn by Sarah Rayner, Author of Getting Even + Giveaway! (US/Can only)

Getting Even
Sarah Rayner

Revenge has never been such fun

How would you feel if your best friend at work betrayed you? Was secretly having an affair with an influential colleague? Won a coveted promotion, then teamed you up with a mere junior, leaving you feeling completely demoted? What would you do? For Ivy there's no choice. The only person she has ever trusted, Orianna, has blown it big time. So there's only one way forward: revenge.

Ivy's campaign is brilliant, if horribly destructive, and she's determined to get even with the woman who has dared to cross her. But is Ivy really the innocent party? Or is she hiding secrets of her own?

From Sarah Rayner, the international bestselling author of One Moment, One Morning, comes Getting Even, an unputdownable story of jealousy, sex, friendship and backstabbing set in the heart of London's Soho adland.

Novels that Influenced My Life and Writing

  1. A Tale of Mrs Tiggywinkle by Beatrix Potter. The washerwoman hedgehog who lived in a hillside was the first fictional character I fell in love with. I loved her so much I went through the picture book writing ‘dear’—but spelled ‘daer’—every time her name appeared. I must have been about three years old. Even the front cover was inscribed ‘A Tale of daer Mrs Tiggywinkle’. My mother still has that copy.
  2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis is the first book in the Narnia series that captured my imagination, thereby taking me into a different world for days at a stretch. A school friend and I became so convinced that Narnia was real that we went around our home town crawling under park benches to see if we’d end up there. Why we didn’t try wardrobes I don’t know—I’d probably still be in Narnia if we had!
  3. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier was one of the first adult novels I read, and I’ll never forget arriving at the twist—my heart jumped, and then continued thumping at a furious rate until I finished the book several hours later. The suspense, the atmosphere, the expressive writing style... du Maurier is a consummate storyteller. I tried to learn from her when plotting my latest novel, Getting Even, and remember to keep readers guessing throughout.
  4. When I was 15 I went on a French exchange, and the girl I was paired up with couldn’t have been more different to me (she liked windsurfing and tennis; I liked reading and drawing) so I escaped into To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It was one of the first books I read with a more overt political theme and I felt angry at the injustice it conveyed.
  5. Emma by Jane Austen was a set text at school and Austen’s irony and humor has stayed with me. It was when reading this novel that I decided to study English at university—a pivotal decision if ever there was one. I still enjoy wit in fiction, and, although humor is very subjective, I hope readers find Getting Even funny; I had enormous fun writing it.
  6. The film Gone with the Wind is great, but the novel by Margaret Mitchell is even greater. I read it recuperating from an operation—I’m not a very good patient as I tend to be impatient—so it was helpful to have such a page-turner that I actually wanted to stay in bed!
  7. The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter is a collection of short stories based on classic fairy tales, which she retells with dark sensuality. Mocking and seductive, her heroines were the perfect inspiration for Ivy, the evil copywriter in Getting Even, which is a tale of revenge set in a London ad agency.
  8. No one writes about arbitrary nightmares quite like Ian McEwan, and the opening chapter of Enduring Love describing a freak ballooning accident is arguably the best start to a novel in contemporary fiction. ‘Cherry on the top of a cake!’ was my first boss’s instruction with regard to writing press releases; she meant that it was vital to hook a reader in, and McEwan certainly grabs you by the throat in this story. Although all my novels are very different from one another, I’ve tried to ensure the start to each is irresistible in some way.
  9. I love how Maggie O’Farrell writes. Her metaphors and descriptions are so lyrical and the way she weaves different times, places and perspectives together to create a whole is impressive without being tiresomely literary. Reading After You’d Gone, her first novel, after I’d had my own first novel published made me raise the bar for my own writing.
  10. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time has been hugely popular across a range of ages, but what makes it stand out for me is its empathy. Mark Haddon enters so fully into the heart and mind of Christopher, his central character who has Asperger’s, it served to remind me that novels can increase our understanding of one another and educate as well entertain and move us.

About the Author

Sarah Rayner is the author of the international bestseller, One Moment, One Morning (2010). Two of her other novels, The Two Week Wait (2012) and Another Night, Another Day (2014), are also set in Brighton, England, and feature some of the same characters.

Sarah lives in Brighton with her husband, Tom, and her stepson, Sebastian, aged 16, but she was born in London. She spent her childhood in Richmond, Surrey, then became a punk, spiked her hair and went to Leeds University to study English and get chilblains.

One of her more light-hearted novels, Getting Even, recently went through a full revision and reprint with St. Martin's Press.


Books à la Mode is giving away one print copy of Getting Even—yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is answer Sarah's question below:
If you could get revenge on someone, who would it be, and why?
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Sarah and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

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