Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Reading in the Sun - Interview with Sarah Govett & Giveaway

About Sarah Govett

I read law at Trinity College, Oxford. After qualifying as a solicitor, I set up my own tutoring agency, Govett Tutors, which specialises in helping children from all backgrounds.

I have also written for children’s television. I have two young children, and live in London with my stand-up comedian husband.
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1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name’s Sarah Govett, but you know that already! I’m the author of The Territory that came out last year with Firefly Press. I live in London with my two young girls and stand-up comedian husband. I used to be a lawyer, then a tutor, now a writer. Third time lucky!
2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?
My favourite books to read at any time of the year are ideas based sci-fi. The likes of Wyndham, Christopher, Atwood. That sort of thing.
3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?
It would involve water and wildlife – maybe a strolling along the river with my husband and girls, next to some sheep, followed by a long picnic (on a picnic rug with properly nice food). And we’d all be wearing white linen.
4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?

I love craft – from painting to sewing via a bit of woodwork. I used to design and sell my own t-shirts and once made a pair of leather sleeves that I think are fabulous but my friends are not so sure about!
5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?
The Territory is a dystopian thriller that also serves as a critique of Britain’s highly pressurised education system. The inspiration for that came from running a private tutoring agency for the last ten years and seeing first hand how results are as much determined by type of school as natural intelligence and how logical subjects are elevated above more creative ones.
6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?
I have just finished the Mistborn trilogy and would love to be Vin (after she develops her powers). Burning metals, mind controlling crowds and leaping over castle walls sounds awesome.
7. What's your favorite reading spot?

I have two young children so at the moment the only reading I get done is in bed with one eye already closed. We’re moving house though and the plan is to build a window seat in the new kitchen. One that can fit a curled up person + book. I’ve been dreaming about it for months!

8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?

I love Abruzzo in Italy. Sandwiched between mountains and the sea it is absolutely stunning and not completely tamed.
9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?

I am always drawn to dark stories rather than sunny ones, but like any form of writing, the most important thing to do is actually sit down and type something. A lot of people talk about wanting to be an author, but it takes discipline and commitment to actually produce a book.
10. What can we expect from you in the future?

The Territory, Escape (book 2 in The Territory series) is out this October with FireflyPress. I’ve also just finished a completely different YA book, which I’m about to take to publishers so fingers crossed!

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One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will win a signed copy of The Territory by Sarah Govett.
The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. Please add to your list of approved email addresses. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. I love reading dystopian books! Yours sounds so interesting! :)

  2. Great interview and the book sounds like one I would love to read.
    Thank you.

  3. Enjouable interview! Your new book sounds really interesting!

  4. Nice interview and the book just sounds like i have to read it :)

  5. This book sounds like something I would love. Great interview!

  6. It must be a lot of fun having a stand up comedian for a husband :) Love the cover!

  7. an intriguing book that sounds like an absorbing read!

  8. I love to craft too! It's such a great release to create using your hands.

  9. Interesting interview. I'm a dedicated crafter too. I like the sound of your book!

  10. The book sounds very intriguing, thank you for the reveal!

  11. Sounds like a really interesting read, can't wait!!

  12. I have Mistborn trilogy on my TBR,plan to read :)
    Thanks for the lovely interview!

  13. 'The Territory' sounds like a good read. Thanks for the giveaway. Love the cover too.

  14. id love to read this! im hearing alot of good things

  15. It would be great to win a
    signed copy of The Territory by Sarah Govett.
    I liked reading your interview and this
    sounds like an interesting book.
    I like the Book Cover.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  16. I too prefer more dark stories over sunny ones. I have been that way a long time, probably because my mother preferred that type reading also. I gained not only the physical books she'd already read, but her affinity for the underdog and thrillers :)

  17. I absolutely love the cover. Sounds like a page-turner. I will be reading it.

  18. This book looks great, I would love the opportunity to read this

  19. A window seat for reading sounds great - I wish I had one in my home!

  20. Sounds like a great read, and I'm intrigued to see what your other YA book is too :)

  21. I'm looking forward to reading this!

  22. Thanks for the prize! Great competition - good luck everyone.