Thursday, 12 December 2019

Win a starring role in authors’ next books

BESTSELLING Henley authors Simon Kernick and Amanda Jennings are offering fans the chance to become a character in

BESTSELLING Henley authors Simon Kernick and Amanda Jennings are offering fans the chance to become a character in their next books as part of an online charity event.

The authors of hit books


The Witness

The Judas Scar

Sworn Secret
are taking part in the Get In Character event along with more than 60 fellow writers — all to raise funds for CLIC Sargent, a charity that supports children and young people with cancer and their families.

Other authors taking part include Emma Donoghue, the author of

, and Paula Hawkins, author of

The Girl on the Train

From 8pm on Thursday, February 25, the 10-day auction will give fans a chance to bid to have a character in their next book named after them.

Other prize items include book bundles, critiques from writers and author meet-and-greet events.

All of the proceeds will be donated to CLIC Sargent.

Bidders will also have the chance to meet Amanda Jennings and fellow authors Mark Billingham and Clare Mackingtosh for a “literary lunch” where they can learn some tips and tricks of the trade.

Amanda said: “We have probably all been affected by cancer in some way and CLIC Sargent is such a vital charity, providing real tangible support for families at the hardest of times.

“Get in Character is such a great event. For any fiction lover, the idea that you can become a part of a story is something very special — and of course the money raised goes to a great cause.

“It’s also really nice for the author to have a new way to connect with your fans.”

Simon, who lives in Shiplake, said: “I have seen the effects of cancer in my life, as most people have, and I am a father, so the idea of children’s cancer is just unthinkable.

“It is such a terrible illness and the effect it can have on people’s lives is devastating. As a parent I know that if anything were to happen to my children then I would want them to be given the best possible support and care and I know that is what CLIC Sargent does for families.

“I know they are a fantastic organisation, which does vital work, and I am happy to support them in any way I can.”

Clare Cox, eBay coordinator at CLIC Sargent, said: “We have a fantastic array of authors taking part in this year’s auction, ranging from romance, to children’s books, to hard-boiled thrillers. We are hugely grateful for the support of these authors, who are giving their fans a fantastic opportunity to become part of one of their stories while also raising vital funds to help CLIC Sargent provide practical, emotional, financial and clinical support to children and young people with cancer, and their families.”

CLIC Sargent is also one of three charities which Simon is supporting by walking 1,000 miles in 2016. He hopes to raise £5,000. To donate, visit his website

To bid on the Get in Character auction, visit getincharacter

A YEAR on from his last book, Simon Kernick has just published his 15th novel in as many years.

The Witness is billed as a gripping race-against-time thriller revolving around the threat of an imminent terrorist attack.

All the action takes place inside 24 hours, with Kernick seeking to emulate the super-fast pace of his 2006 breakthrough novel


While Kernick has previously devoted a series of books to a lead character, this time around we are introduced to Jane Kinnear, who is placed in a witness protection after she sees her lover killed.

It emerges that he had been party to key information about an imminent terrorist attack and Jane is in danger.

Praise for the Shiplake man’s books has come from none other than Jack Reacher author Lee Child, who said: “Simon Kernick writes great plots, great characters, great action.”

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