The Shapeless Unease

The Shapeless Unease A Year of Not Sleeping

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'Easily one of the truest and best books I've read about what it's like to be alive now, in this country' Max Porter

Sleep. Sleep. Like money, you only think about it when you have too little. Then you think about it all the time, and the less you have the more you think about it. It becomes the prism through which you see the world and nothing can exist except in relation to it.

Samantha Harvey's insomnia arrived, seemingly, from nowhere; for a year she has spent her nights chasing sleep that rarely comes. She's tried everything to appease it. Nothing is helping.

What happens when one of the basic human needs goes unmet? For Samantha Harvey, extreme sleep deprivation resulted in a raw clarity about life itself. Original and profound, The Shapeless Unease is a startlingly insightful exploration of memory, writing and influence, death and grief, and the will to survive.

Book information

ISBN: 9781787332027
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Jonathan Cape
Pub date:
DEWEY: 362.196849820092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 175
Weight: 270g
Height: 211mm
Width: 137mm
Spine width: 20mm