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Sleep With Me Paperback – 5 Jun 2006

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (5 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747580774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747580775
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 391,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'It's a beautifully written and emotionally candid novel which also happens to be a page-turner.’ -- Jonathan Coe, The Guardian

‘Seductive, scary and frighteningly readable.’ -- Julie Myerson

About the Author

Joanna Briscoe is the author of two novels, Mothers and Other Lovers, which won the Betty Trask Award; and Skin, which was runner-up for the Encore Award. Her short stories have featured in several anthologies. She was a columnist for the Independent and the Guardian and writes regularly for all the major newspapers and magazines. Joanna Briscoe lives in London with her family.


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Format: Paperback
This book starts off so well, it's draws you in and becomes an addictive read; the characters believable and the plot seductive. However about half way through it suddenly becomes totally ridiculous and insanely unbelievable. The 'twist' to the plot is so far fetched it is laughable and the hysterical inner turmoils of the once rational and reasonably grounded realistic characters becomes tiresome. I have no idea why the author could not have continued the story line in the same vein, as it had depth and was subtle and realistic - but she had to make it into a 'bunny boiling' nightmare of insane proportions. I read the book to the end but felt badly cheated, which is why I had to write this review. Some of Briscoe's descriptions were beyond weird; the pregnant wife, Lelia's baby was said to move inside her 'like a dog' when it was a much wanted baby - 'like a dog'?? How on earth did the author come to that description. Many more where that came from in this book. Such a shame as it had so much promise.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because I'd read raves about it by Jonathan Coe and Julie Myerson, whose books are so great, and am SO glad I did. I can't recommend it highly enough.
It's completely gripping, sexy, funny, dark, beautifully written, with a very strong sense of place and an amazing eye for the secret thoughts we barely admit even to ourselves. For anyone who's ever even contemplated having an affair, or fears that others might, or is simply interested in a fantastic read that takes you deep into the secrets of the human heart and won't let go, THIS is your holiday reading. You won't be sorry
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Briscoe's title is misleading and the book sleeve's eye catching risqueness, betrays the text's narrative which contains none of title or the cover's resonance. Do not expect to read a novel written with genuine urgency, believable characterisation or even eroticism. None of the above are truely delivered with any conviction in 'Sleep With Me'. I remember looking at this book briefly in a bookshop over a year ago and dismissing it on the basis of its not so subtle cover artwork and its cheap attention grabbing title. However a few weeks ago I found myself once again in said bookshop struggling to find something that would sate my want for a fun read. And so I hastily took Briscoe's novel off the shelf, and was compelled to buy it after reading only the first line of chapter one. I can't repeat what it says here, but trust me the novel fails to live up to its juicy opener. What starts off well enough unfortunately descends into farce, inconsistencies and down right unbelievable scenarios. The idea that any of the fashionable thirtysomethings portrayed would be remotely interested in Sylvie's dowdy, navel gazing and frankly weird demeanour is beyond me, although they do say love or rather lust is blind. Perhaps sometimes so too are our choices in books!
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Format: Hardcover
Readers familiar with Josephine Hart's brilliant novel "Damage" will recognise similar themes and characters in this book, which is in many ways its poor relation. Briscoe's prose is fluid, evocative and highly imaginative. And she sets her scene of adultery with poise and insight. But in the end, her plot feels complicated and overly contrived, and her characters fail to convince. Try "Damage" instead - which is far more chillingly credible.
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I agree with all the complimentary reviews of this book regarding the very creepy and surreal story that Briscoe creates around a very strange threesome. It really holds the imagination, and until the last twenty pages I was spellbound. I even thought of choosing it as my choice in my Reading Group. But . . . The ending, although unpredictable, was a huge let down. Also it was far too long -in fact most of the physical contact scenes were a bit too laboured and strung out. I likened it to a cheap made-for-TV film. I hated Richard all throught the book, but that's not a bad thing - its not a 'feel good' book - but at the end I would have like to have killed him. Why didn't Briscoe think of that. Also, the 'reveal'of Lelia's story would have had much more impact if it had been written as a very tight short story, and not the waffle-on it became. The last page was really stupid and unbelievable.
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Format: Paperback
This was an odd book - it left me with with a bad taste in my mouth, wishing I hadn't read it at all. In fact I nearly didn't - the first chapters were terribly irritating, and the character Lelia is a total bore, snivelling, maudlin and neurotic. Richard was somewhat more palatable, if only because he is honest with himself - although patently not so with everyone else. Unfortunately, I hung on til the end, and now I wonder, does the author hate women? The women in this book are either neurotic as above, psychotic, or some sort of cookie-cutter image of "London women" (none of which I have ever met although I live here), and Briscoe has burdened them (deservingly perhaps) with men who simply never grew up. Give this one a miss, unless you enjoy reading thoroughly depressing things.
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Good to see that many of the reviewers here share an opinion that this book has been hyped out of all recognition. And since its author has--to quote the blurb here--"written regularly for all the major newspapers" (while one of its major characters is a literary editor) we might be entitled to wonder if it deserves the acclaim. The plot is tiresomely familiar--plenty of people have invoked Josephine Hart's 'Damage' which was much less dull-- while the characters sometimes seem to have stepped out of some ancient novel of north London literary life (they even use words like "low brow" while their motivation is frequently ridiculous). Worst of all though is the dreadful sub-DH Lawrence prose which makes the book a truly gruelling read. It's not just stuff like "My nerve endings twitched in sequence," or "The wine descended in my head in languorous spirals." But how about "A thought plummeted through me and settled in my bowels?" Joanna Briscoe may well have some talent but at the very least she could have done with a decent editor.
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