Rebecca Wait has been writing for as long as she can remember and has won numerous prizes for short stories and plays. She wrote The View on the Way Down in the evenings whilst working as a teaching assistant. "
" Rebecca lives in London. You can find her online at: rebeccawait.com and twitter.com/rebeccawait.
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This month’s recommended novel for book clubs is Rebecca Wait's The Followers.
The idea of a cult can be as gripping as being caught in the throes of one. So if you're vulnerable to persuasive plots and mind-altering outcomes, then read on for a selection of books about cults that have drawn us in and changed the way we think.
We all know a beautiful book cover when we see one – it can pull you as if by magic from one side of the bookshop to the other with its shiny gold foil or its stroke-me surface. But magic it is not: Charlie Mainprize in Picador’s production team took us through some example...
These three might seem unlikely bedfellows, but in Rebecca Wait's second novel, The Followers, there they are, all together. On the face of it, Rebecca's book is a story about cults and the manipulative powers of those that put themselves in charge. But more than that, it's also a boo...
Ever thought about starting a cult? It requires more calculation than you might think, as Rebecca Wait reveals in this very helpful video. After just five simple steps you could be the leader of your very own band of worshippers. What – or who – they worship is up to you.&nb...
To investigate the theme of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week, anxiety, we asked some writers to talk about their experience of it. In her book The View on the Way Down, Rebecca Wait tells the incredibly moving story of a family deeply affected by depression, which she herself suffered...
The waiting room is not as I imagined it. Not a big square room lined with chairs, whitewashed, faceless. It’s more like a tiny conservatory; large windows instead of an outside wall, a sloping, snug little space clinging onto the side of the house. This isn’t what I expect from a psy...
by Laura HarringtonRebecca Wait and I share a publisher and I was so intrigued when they sent me her book, The View on the Way Down, to read that I requested an interview because I wanted to learn the story behind the book. Rebecca, can you tell us about your book – how you came t...
This novel will open your eyes and break your heart. It is the story of Emma’s two brothers – the one who died five years ago and the one who left home on the day of the funeral and has not returned since. It is the story of her parents – who have been keepin...
RT @UnlikelyBookWrm: Four bks to read for Mental Health Awareness Wk, ft @bryony_gordon, @nathanfiler, @matthaig1 & @RebeccaWait: https://t…
by @RebeccaWait - 7 months ago
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by @RebeccaWait - 10 months ago
RT @justinbaldoni: Do not stand idly by while you take for granted what others are praying for. Make a choice to be active. #Aleppo https:…
by @RebeccaWait - one year ago
RT @Channel4News: "Is there literally nothing that can shame you?" - @AmbassadorPower's extraordinary attack on Syria, Russia and Iran over…
@LindsFoley or I could just do what you do and stare at them silently whilst stroking my fringe like it's Blofeld's cat.
Launch of The Followers at Slightly Foxed Books - 2 years ago
On Monday night we celebrated the launch of The Followers at one of the most delightful independent bookshops in London: Slightly Foxed Books on Gloucester Road. If you haven’t already been, make sure you pay a visit – they have an … Continue reading →
Places that inspired The Followers - 2 years ago
1. The moors I was taken to Dartmoor a lot as a little kid. Apparently we even used to camp there, which now sounds pretty horrifying. Although The Followers is actually set on the Yorkshire moors, I returned to Dartmoor twice more … Continue reading →
How to start your own cult in 5 simple steps - 2 years ago
Using the expertise I gained whilst researching The Followers, I’ve made this handy video guide to help all you aspiring cult leaders out there. If you’re wondering why the picture’s a little grainy, it’s because I recorded it in my … Continue reading →
What do we mean by ‘cult’? - 2 years ago
Is the word ‘cult’ is a bit dodgy? Whilst writing The Followers, I thought about this a lot. Certainly there are plenty of problems with ‘cult’ as a label. For starters, it’s often used too loosely, to refer to any group that is seen … Continue reading →
Writing about place - 3 years ago
Until recently, location has never interested me much. I was vaguely aware when reading Wuthering Heights as a teenager that the story wouldn’t be quite as effective if it were set, say, in Milton Keynes, but beyond that I rarely bothered to … Continue reading →
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