Rebecca lives in London. You can find her online at: rebeccawait.com and twitter.com/rebeccawait.
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While the world has become obsessed with taking selfies, we've been taking shelfies.
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 from in her teens. Here, she talks about her experience of anxiety and how writing both helps her escape it and creates a few problems of its own.
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 psychiatrist’s office. I’m disappointed before we’ve even begun.
Rebecca Wait, author of The View on the Way Down, on her own experience of going to a psychotherapist as an eighteen-year-old.
To celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March, I asked a few of Picador's female authors to write a short paragraph about the woman that most inspired them and why. As the responses came in I laughed, got goosebumps, and felt a tear or two brewing. This collection of voices tells of remarkable women. Some stories are funny, some moving; all will – I hope – leave you feeling inspired.
by Laura Harrington
Rebecca 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 to write it? What inspired you?
On the judges' sofa we have:
Intangibles judge: John Niven
Performance judge: Eos Chater
Literary Merit judge: Anna Raverat (Signs of Life, Picador)