I have to say that what first attracted me to this book was it's beautifully designed cover and after reading the first line, I had to force myself to read the rest of it slowly, like eating an expensive chocolate bar with a pin, because it was so good, I just didn't want it to end. Each chapter is short (tantalizingly bitesized!), which gets you straight into the rhythm of the waking and dreaming life of the main character, Peter Diggs. With exquisitly simple yet somehow vastly expansive language, the author brings us into the dream world in which Peter finds himself, guided by the enigmatic girl he meets there, then alternatly contrasts this with waking hours, spent in and around London. The author imbues moments of everyday life with as much meaning and strange beauty as the dreams, making a stroll out of South Kensington tube station something to savour and a walk in Islington feel like an adventure full of possibilities. Reading his descriptions of London allowed me to see the city through new eyes and with a fresh enthusiasm...(anyone feeling jaded with London living should give it a try for this alone) and I especially loved reading it on the tube as it made me feel very differently about who my fellow passengers might be! Hoban succeeds so totally in writing believably about such a difficult to describe subject, (dreams), that it feels as if you have DREAMT what he writes, as it looses nothing in the translation onto paper. This, combined with the gorgeous presentation (right down to the choice of typeface) makes Amaryllis Night and Day a perfect book, both as an object AND a piece of writing. It's so engaging that you might even find, as I did, that the characters manage to find their way into your own dreams!