Samantha Harvey on The Shapeless Unease: A Year of Not Sleeping in Bath

Monday 27th January 2020

  • Venue The Bookshop, The Paragon, Bath, BA1 5LS
  • Doors open 7.45pm
  • Start time 8pm
Image of Samantha Harvey on The Shapeless Unease: A Year of Not Sleeping

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 has tried everything to appease it: medication, exercise, therapy, relaxation techniques, changes to her diet, changes to her living arrangements. 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.

A poignant, urgent memoir about insomnia; the non-fiction debut by one of our finest novelists