Rebecca Wait

Rebecca Wait

Rebecca lives in London. You can find her online at: rebeccawait.com and twitter.com/rebeccawait.

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Cults! Manipulation! Friendship!

Cults! Manipulation! Friendship!

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 book about the friendships that keep us afloat. Here, she talks about the relationship with one of her own friends which she drew on for the novel. ​

​The best festivals for books this summer

Whatever you do this summer, it won't be complete without a trip to at least one of these brilliant festivals. As ever, this is an incomplete list and there are many others with equally wonderful events. If you've got a suggestion, we'd love to hear it!

Follow the leader: tips for starting a cult

Follow the leader: tips for starting a cult

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. 

Shelfie!

Shelfie!

While the world has become obsessed with taking selfies, we've been taking shelfies.

Writing as therapy: the anxiety sponge

Writing as therapy: the anxiety sponge

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.

In the waiting room

In the waiting room

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.

Seven tributes to remarkable women

Seven tributes to remarkable women

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.

Writers in discussion

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?