We are over the moon to announce that The Little Big Things, Henry Fraser’s unforgettable debut memoir, has been named the WHSmith Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2017, as selected by The Telegraph! The WHSmith Book of the Year award celebrates the best in newly released fiction and non-fiction from the past twelve months, and special edition copies of The Little Big Things printed with the Book of the Year symbol will be sold in stores nationwide.
We caught up with Henry to chat about his books success.
Congratulations on being named the WHSmith Book of the Year for Non-Fiction! How does it feel to be an award-winning author?
Thank you! It feels very surreal and also very weird. I never thought that I would be putting those words next to my name! I almost went into this process with no expectations so that everything would be a bonus, and so achieving this has made me extremely happy.
Your book, The Little Big Things, has received such an amazing response from the public! What have you enjoyed the most about your experience pre-publication?
The response has been hugely overwhelming. I’ve received letters and emails from people sharing their stories with me about their struggles and their lives and how my story has helped them! These are the moments that I have enjoyed most as it shows that people are willing to open up about their problems and knowing my story has helped them means the world to me.
You appeared on the Jonathan Ross show to promote your work. Was that a real pinch-me moment?
Definitely. It wasn’t until a couple of days after the showed aired that it dawned on me that I had actually been on the show! But it was a great experience and something where I’m very happy to say that I’ve done it!
You are so brilliantly positive, and are able to incorporate that in a big way into your life. On a smaller scale, what is the one simple piece of advice you would give to someone who is having a run of the mill, really bad day?
One thing that I would say to people is to look around and be grateful for everything you have rather unhappy for what you don’t have.