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  • The Shapeless Unease

  • A Year of Not Sleeping
  • By: Samantha Harvey
  • Narrated by: Samantha Harvey
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Sleep. Sleep. Like money, you think about it only 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’s tried everything to appease it. 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.

©2020 Samantha Harvey (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Peter from Whitstable

What has happened to Samantha is happening to me, almost exactly (although our politics is different!)
Her narration really adds to the genuine, clever, intelligent layering of these stories and events
I’m not easily captivated but this book brought me to stop and consider chapters to absorb them before I moved on, so poignant was every element.
Samantha’s dealings with her GP, her wrestles with this condition and her subtle sledgehammer conclusions both comforted me and fired my mind to follow her course of recovery.
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I loved ready your book

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Heartbreaking account, but perhaps a little ethereal

Some really poignant and insightful bits, but also some quite lengthy ethereal and overly poetic tangents.

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  • 24-05-20

Fantastic book and narration.

Cried and laughed in equal measures. Kept finding excuses to go out for a walk so I could finish listening to it.