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Book club: World Book Day

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This is one of the book club questions for my novel A Column on Smoke. Please add your thoughts in the comment section below – I will be very interested to read them.

As it’s World Book Day, it seemed appropriate to do another book club post, the first for a while. I want to consider the question of whether it is normal/reasonable for Sally to be spending so much time thinking about Paul at the start of the book.

She is at an exciting time in her career, yet she fills a lot of her brain space thinking about a man who she hasn’t seen for years and who she isn’t even in contact with.

When I was writing A Column of Smoke I received a lot of support from the Cambridge Writers group, and this question came up in relation to other writers’ work as well.  My answer is PostSecret.  For anyone who hasn’t seen this, it is basically write a secret on a postcard and send it off. The secrets on the website change each week, so what you get will depend on when you’re reading this. But they often confirm that unrequited love can remain alive for a very long time!

Do you agree?

Author: Rebecca Nesbit

I am author of a popular science book 'Is that Fish in your Tomato?' exploring the fact and fiction of GM crops. In my work and leisure so far, I have trained bees to detect explosives, used a radar to study butterflies for my PhD, written a novel, taken the train from London to China, organised Biology Week, sold science jewellery on Etsy, and traveled to four continents with Nobel Laureates. Best off all, I've made lots of friends whose support I very much appreciate. Thank you! Please visit my website:

One thought on “Book club: World Book Day

  1. Unrequited love can be good for creativity – it made me write poetry & songs (well I liked them!) – but it left me thicker skinned & more resilient, if bitter! Joseph Hall, later Bishop of Norwich – I can still quote the whole of this satire…
    “Great is the folly of a feeble brain,
    O’errul’d with love, and tyrannous disdain.”

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