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An Insomniac's Guide to the Small Hours [Hardcover]

Ysenda Maxtone-Graham
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Book Description

11 Oct 2012
It s 11pm. All you ve wanted to do all day is sleep. You re overworked, underappreciated, and the only thing that got you out of bed this morning was the thought of getting back in it again. Now, finally, here you are. In bed. On the cusp of sleep, drifting off. Such a relief. For what we are about to receive may the Lord make us truly thankful.



But then your mind wanders. Into territory where it should not go. From death to broken lightbulbs. From redundancy to unwritten thank-you letters. The minutes tick by. Oh, God, it s going to be one of those nights. Those nights which seem to go on for ever, when all the cares of the world weigh down on your shoulders....


This is a book for anyone who has ever spent a night tossing and turning, worrying about life s worst scenarios. The Insomniac s Guide takes you on a journey that will have you laughing in your sleep (or lack of it).

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Short Books Ltd (11 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780721137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780721132
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very funny, very poignant…It appears to start out with a miniaturist's brush but in fact turns out, like great art, to be about everything. Well, not LIKE great art, it is great art. --A.N. Wilson

The ultimate pillow book-- Sunday Telegraph

Hilarious illustrations... a painfully funny guide to what happens to a mind unwillingly at 2am.--Reader's Digest

Brilliantly funny... Instantly recognisable... Discover the amusing side of those nights that seem to go on forever, with witty illustrations by Kath Walker. --Oldie

Funny, worrying, gently surreal --Woman's Weekly

About the Author

Ysenda Maxtone-Graham made her name as an interviewer for Harpers & Queen and Tatler. She is the author of The Real Mrs Miniver, about a life of her grandmother Jan Struther which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Biography of the Year award, and more recently Mr Tibbit s Catholic School, originally a privately commissioned history of a school in South Kensington, which garnered cult following.

Kath Walker is renowned for her brilliantly evocative graphic illustrations. She has worked for many prestigious clients including Cadbury, Rolls Royce, Tesco and Sainsburys.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 19 Dec 2013
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From beginning to end this book kept me captivated. Highly amusing and bought for a friend who has trouble sleeping.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be read at bed-time! 17 Feb 2013
By Rahab
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I loved this book - but as it is a "can't put down title" it somewhat contributed to my insomnia! Excellent illustrations too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars insomniacs delight 11 Feb 2013
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I found this book most entertaining and can quite literally identify to so many of the situations pictured..illustrations fantastic !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent book 24 Jan 2013
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This book describes the reality of an insomniac on every page: had I had the ability I would have written it myself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good present for bad sleepers 18 Jan 2013
By alliem
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Light-hearted look at all the things we do to try to get to sleep. Suitable for occasional bad-sleepers or professsional insomniacs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars middle of night worries 14 Jan 2013
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Every single topic covered is so true! I found myself wanted to scream 'YES' as each topic came up. Add to it the giggle factor and it should get a prize( or something)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny 10 Jan 2013
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Would recommend to any body who cannot sleep. Easy to read book and some good illustrations- will pass this book on
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