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Sleepwalking [Kindle Edition]

Julie Myerson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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"Sleepwalking is exceptionally good... Myerson has made the most pointed comments on parenthood since Philip Larkin" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Julie Myerson...tackles murky themes with grace and clarity. Her prose is nimble and springy. Her short scenes, flicking between past and present, flash before us like a deck of cards shuffled by a top-class conjurer... Myerson is the genuine article" (Independent)

"A measured evocation of bereavement and childhood trauma" (The Sunday Times)

"An impressive literary debut... funny and moving" (Guardian)

"An emotional, delicate, lucid and extremely likeable debut" (Elle)

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A disquieting and moving novel exploring the taboo of extramarital sex in pregnancy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 285 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099494159
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (29 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006N54SY0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,070 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Julie Myerson is the author of seven novels, including the bestselling Something Might Happen, and three works of non-fiction, including Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived In Our House, which was dramatised on BBC Radio 4 and her most recent book, The Lost Child. She lives in London and Suffolk with her husband and teenage children.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and Chilling 24 Nov 2005
By Veronica VINE VOICE
Sleepwalking is an unforgettable and tension filled book. It drew me in and held my interest completely from the first page to the last. The plot is relatively simple, but it is the actions of the characters and the fascinating revelations of their pasts that really holds the reader.
I found Susan to be a very likeable character. She is mixed up, damaged by her childhood and in a marriage with a man who she feels less and less connected to as the years go by. On top of this is the fact that she is pregnant and feels as though her body is being taken over. The novel is beautifully written and the simple economy of language stunned me in places because it was so emotive. The affair between Susan and Lenny was very believable and the closeness they felt together was transmitted perfectly onto the page.
The Publishers Weekly review above really does the book an injustice. Yes, Susan has an affair while she is pregnant but she does not do it callously - she is afraid and almost near breakdown. I would not describe her husband as either particularly decent or likeable, although he does stand by Susan. To me he came across as one of those stern, `put every problem a woman has down to hormones' type of man who wasn't interested in listening to Susan or talking about her problems. He didn't even want to discuss her art, which was her passion.
The flashbacks to Susan's father's early life were wonderful and the character of Queenie was scary without being over the top. The problems that Susan encounters with her own sisters and mother over an inheritance are very realistic and show how you can be related to someone and still have no clue as to why they are behaving in a particular way. The only drawback of this book is that it seemed quite short, which would have been fine but the ending was a bit sudden and not as satisfying as I'd hoped. But that, I suppose, is what life is often like.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sleepwalking 12 May 2004
was the first of julie's books i read and i knew straight away that i LOVED her writing. it will not appeal to those who like florid literary prose or who are squeamish about sex-in-pregnancy[though i think her sex-scenes are so spot-on she must have done her own research for this!]. she has a spare,intense style whose negative energy draws you into the page,the spaces between the words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply great. 1 Feb 1999
By A Customer
This book was "unputdownable", I read it in about four hours. It takes you on a rollercoaster ride through various emotions, including love, lust, confusion and many more. Like with her other novels Myerson engages your mind and your soul and is one of the best reads I have had in a long while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 26 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Julie is a born story teller, I read this book over one weekend, couldn't put it down, had to know what happened in the end. Fabulous
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