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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (13 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755356500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755356508
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in North London in 1970 and brought up in Hertfordshire. I wrote my first novella, the Time Machine, aged eight, shortly after which I declared that my ambition was to have a novel published (I could have been easy on myself and just said 'to write a novel' but no, I had to consign myself to years of torture and rejections). I was frequently asked to copy out my stories for the classroom wall (probably because my handwriting was so awful no one could read my first draft), and received lots of encouragement from my teachers Mr Roberts, Mrs Chandler (who added yet more pressure by writing in my autograph book when I left primary school that she looked forward to reading my first published novel!) and Mr Bird.

My first publication came when I was thirteen and my Ode to Gary Mabbutt won second prize in the Tottenham Weekly Herald 'My Favourite Player' competition. At fifteen I won the Junior Spurs Football Reporter of the Year Competition and got to report on a first division football match from the press box at White Hart Lane (I got lots of funny looks and none of the journalists spoke to me.)

At sixteen I embarked on 'A' levels and a journalism course at De Havilland College, Hertfordshire, and my college magazine interview about football hooliganism with local MP and football club chairman David Evans made a double page spread in Shoot! magazine (they never paid me) and back page headlines in several national newspapers (only a nice man at the Daily Star bothered to check the story with me).

I joined my local newspaper, the Enfield Gazette, as a trainee reporter at eighteen. During a ten year career in regional journalism I worked as a reporter on the Birmingham Daily News, news editor on the Birmingham Metro News and Chief Feature Writer on the Coventry Evening Telegraph, winning Highly Commended in the Feature Writer of the Year category of the 1997 Press Gazette Regional Press Awards.

I loved working on regional newspapers but by 1998 my features were getting too long and the urge to write a novel had become too great so I left my staff job to write my first novel and work as a freelance journalist. I have written for The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The Times Educational Supplement, The Big Issue, Wanderlust and Community Care Magazine. I've also had a short story published in Best magazine

I found the writing and working from home a very solitary process so also worked as co-ordinator of the Birmingham Bureau of Children's Express, a national charity which runs a learning through journalism programme for young people and taught journalism to schoolchildren for the National Academy of Writing. After I moved north in 2001 I qualified as an adult education tutor and taught creative writing classes to students aged between 18 and 82 for the Workers Educational Association across Calderdale, West Yorkshire.

After more than a hundred rejections from agents for my first novel (and more rewrites than I care to remember) I finally got an agent but still couldn't get a publisher. I started work on my second novel I DID A BAD THING in 2003, finished the first draft and gave birth to my son Rohan in 2004, rewrote the novel and got a new agent in 2005, obtained a two-book deal with Headline Review in 2006.

I Did a Bad Thing was published in paperback in October 2007, made the top thirty official fiction bestsellers list (and number 3 in Tesco!) and has so far sold more than 77,000 copies. 10 Reasons Not to Fall in Love was published in paperback in March 2009, reached no 22 in the official fiction bestseller charts (and no 4 in Tesco) and has so far sold more than 80,000 copies. Both novels were also long-listed for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award.

Following the success of my first two novels I got another two-book deal from Headline Review, with Things I Wish I'd Known being the first of these. It reached no 16 in the fiction bestsellers charts and was follwed by And Then It Happened, which was also a top forty bestseller.

After six years with Headline I left to join Quercus in 2011 and am currently working on my fifth novel which is due to be published in spring 2013.

I live in a village near Halifax , West Yorkshire, am married to Ian Hodgson, a sports photographer for a national newspaper, and have a seven-year-old son, Rohan, whose favourite books are currently the Mr Gum series by Andy Stanton.

I enjoy travelling (though I haven't been anywhere more exotic than CenterParcs since I had Rohan) and have trekked after wild orang-utans in Borneo, been to the edge of the Arctic Circle to see polar bears and as far south as Tierra del Fuego to photograph penguins (yes, I know it would have been easier and cheaper to go to Chester zoo!). I also sponsor a brother and sister Karma Kunchok and Tsewang Dhargyal who I met while visiting a Tibetan refugee camp in Nepal. They are now both in higher education in Canada.

And here are a few of my favourite things:
Novel: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and Room by Emma Donoghue.
Authors: Margaret Atwood, Nick Hornby.
Music: Blondie, Florence and the Machine, Adele, Alanis Morissette and Beth Orton.
Films: The Shawshank Redemption, Dead Poets' Society, Truly, Madly, Deeply.
TV: The Royle Family, Ally McBeal, Have I Got News for You, Newsnight.
Food: Red peppers, mangos, roasted cashew nuts, pesto sauce, Green & Blacks Maya Gold chocolate, strawberries, houmous and cherry tomatoes (not all eaten at the same time!).
Places in the world: Pokhara, Nepal; Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo; Churchill, Canada; Homer, Alaska, Hebden Bridge, England.

And a few of my least favourite things. If I was on Room 101 my selections would be: Women in unsuitable footwear (eg: white stilettos for muddy canal towpaths), tights (the 15-denier American tan variety), Thomas the Tank Engine stories (those engines are so mean and miserable), candyfloss (I don't do pink and sweet) and the notice on pay and display machines which says 'overpayments accepted' (big of them!).

For more info please go to my website at www.linda-green.com, join 'fans of author Linda Green' on Facebook or follow me on Twitter @LindaGreenisms.

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Book Description

This heartbreaking story of an unforgettable love affair will delight fans of Cecilia Ahern's PS I LOVE YOU and David Nicholl's ONE DAY, and fans of Lisa Jewell

About the Author

Linda Green's first publication came at age thirteen when her 'Ode to Gary Mabbutt' won second prize in the Tottenham Weekly Herald's 'My Favourite Player' competition. She went on to become an award-winning journalist and has written for the Guardian, the Independent on Sunday and The Big Issue. Linda lives in West Yorkshire, is married to a sports photographer for a well-known national newspaper and has a two-year-old son.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Hurst on 12 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is Linda Green's fourth novel and I've read and enjoyed every one... and yet it was different. Different because rather than a chick lit genre, which the previous three fit into more, this one tackles a very grown-up topic.
It flows so well that I raced through it, eager to find out what happens to Adam who is put into a coma when the "And then it happened" incident occurs (without spoiling it)... what will happen, what will happen to Mel and Adam's idyllic life.
It's happy, sad, poignant, painful... plus everything that a new and original topic should bring you - being informative and entertaining by equal measure.
If I had any criticism it would be that Mel and Adam are too perfect, even with the cracks that appear.
We all love a happy ending, but there's no guarantees, as there aren't in life, and sticking to what appears to be reality (without having much knowledge of the topic before now) is admirable.
The postscript (Linda's real-life experiences of this topic) really did bring the issue to life and, in a way, I wish I had read that first so that I understood exactly the knowledgeable base that the plot was rooted in.
All in all a damn good read. Different, a welcome change from the usual boy meets girl, has hiccup, resolves situation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lou Copeland on 11 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
First of all I try and promise NOT to ramble on to much and give you a straight up honest opinion, so here it is:

And then it happened was the first book I have read of Linda Greens, got this book in Tesco along with some cookies and other very healthy food (honest!). I got home and started to read and thought, that maybe the typical story line would be that Adam would cheat on Mel and then there happiness would be destroyed. However, the book was absolutely breathing in imagination and emotion, at times I felt upset and angry at myself for thinking why is Mel putting up with so much, when she can get help through such a tough situation. Then I realised, the power of love and commitment is something far fetched for someone of my age group. At 20 years old I can be alittle naive, as understandable, but the power of love Mel has for Adam is tremendous, and the time and energy she puts into believing in something for so long, gives you faith.

The story is powerful and I was eager to find out the ending, which was absolutely true to how a marriage should end or be. The way Mel feels she would be willing to cross the millions of miles ahead of her is a beautiful take on the story line.

I have given this story four stars because at some points the story dragged on alittle, for a few pages but nothing to drastic. I hate skipping pages, but I didn't seem to miss much when I did.

But this is a definate must read and has quite a few twists to keep the story alive.

Happy Reading !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mollie MAYSON-SIMPSON on 22 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
The book tells the story of a marriage, between Adam and Mel, a professional couple in their early thirties who are about to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary and the twentieth year of their relationship. At the start they are, if anything, too cloyingly perfect, the only cloud on their horizon being the superstitious - guilt-induced? - conviction held by Mel that something bad is lurking in wait for them. And how right she is! When the crisis arrives the plot really takes off, and how it is all going to end is totally unpredictable - the urge to keep turning pages increases in line with the pressure on the characters. The author maintains a taut construction to the novel by means of alternating the point of view between the two main characters - but maybe even that device is not quite as it seems. Besides Adam and Mel the Dramatis Personae includes their daughter Maya, Mel's parents, and friends Steve and Louise - all beautifully written and masterfully created and animated. The novel explores the effect on family life and other relationships of a crisis which is literally 'mind-blowing'. The narrative is underpinned by meticulous research into some very complex human issues, and the result is a stonking good read which is also very informative. And don't be misled by the book's external appearance - I was glad to discover that the typically 'chick-lit' cover design is in fact misleading and inappropriate. This is no 'read and forget about in a couple of hours' book, but a high-quality, serious and totally adult literary novel. You won't want to put it down!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachael W on 5 Jan. 2012
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Firstly I have to mention that I am a fan of Linda Green novels and have read all of them to date. I enjoyed this novel just as much as the other three even though this one has a very different storyline. The way 'it' happens is very imaginative when I first got the book I assumed that 'it' would be an affair of some sort or Mel's big secret coming out. Towards the end of the book I was starting to get slightly confused over Adam's state of mind being the way it was during his recovery when we'd been with him throughout the story but after reading the authors notes at the end this cleared the confusion and made me look at the story a whole different way. A good way. A way that leaves me still thinking about the book hours after finishing it and a way that has left me with knowledge on a subject I knew very little about.

There are a few things I didn't enjoy, the first being that I did not like the character of Mel. I don't know what it was about her but I just couldn't warm to her at all. Also the sub-plot with Steve wasn't enjoyable for me mainly because I guessed pretty quickly what was going to be revealed there.

The other things I didn't enjoy are mainly about the authors style of writing. Like I said at the start of my review I am a fan, however, I find her books are very 'product placement' heavy. Pretty much every conversation added in the name of a TV show, a movie, a book or a general product itsef. It feels like reading a magazine sometimes and makes me wonder if the author gets commission for mentioning these things in her books! (I kid, but that is what it feels like). I realise this could just be the authors way of making her novels more personal but for me I find it quite irritating.
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