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The Shapeless Unease: A Year of Not Sleeping

The Shapeless Unease: A Year of Not Sleeping (Hardback)

By Harvey, Samantha

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In this astonishingly powerful memoir about insomnia, acclaimed novelist Samantha Harvey explores everything that is keeping her - and the nation - awake at night `Insomnia has turned me into a haggler. I'm always looking for the next thing I can trade with it or the next thing I... can get from it, or the next bit of leverage I can use to cut a deal. . .' For months Samantha Harvey has been enduring many sleepless nights in a row, grieving for her late cousin, angry about Brexit, worrying about getting older, caught up in problems from her past, desperate to stop thinking. . . Finding herself unable to write fiction, she decided to write about her affliction instead. The result is perhaps her most urgent and inventive work to date. The Shapeless Unease is a beautiful, shape-shifting book, moving seamlessly from quasi-surreal scenes in which Harvey describes the sensation of being awake for nights and days on end, to painful appointments with a GP who is running low on time, resources and sympathy, to thoughtful enquiries into the roots of her insomnia. It is a vivid, unsettling reflection of the things we all lose sleep over.
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ISBN 9781787332027
Released NZ 9 Jan 2020
Publisher Vintage
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781787332027
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Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Jonathan Cape Ltd
Released 9 Jan 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
 › 2 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Harvey, Samantha
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: Literary
States Of Consciousness: Sleep & Dreams
Sleep Disorders
Coping With Personal Problems
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 138mm
Height: 204mm
Spine: 22mm
Dewey Code 362.196849820092
Weight 277g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Insomnia, Insomniacs - Psychology, Sleep
NBS Text Autobiography: Literary
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade