The Cure for Sleep (Hardback)Tanya Shadrick (author)
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A sublimely written account of refusing to be defined by social constructs and embracing life-enhancing change, The Cure for Sleep is a poignant and inspiring slice of literary memoir.
Just days into motherhood, a woman begins dying. Fast and without warning.
On return from near-death, Tanya Shadrick vows to stop sleepwalking through life. To take more risks, like the characters in the fairy tales she loved as a small girl, before loss and fear had her retreat into routine and daydreams.
Around the care of young children, she starts to play with the shape and scale of her days: to stray from the path, get lost in the woods, make bargains with strangers.
As she moves beyond her respectable roles as worker, wife and mother in a small town, Tanya learns what it takes - and costs - to break the spell of longing for love, approval, safety, rescue.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 448 g
Dimensions: 218 x 140 x 36 mm
'Such a bold, brave, and beautiful story about birth, death, rebirth and building a larger life' - Charlie Gilmour, author of Featherhood
'I love this book. Tanya's story is moving and inspiring. Her thoughts and writing are well considered, courageous & true: real art. Just reading her is pleasure' - Amy Liptrot, author of The Outrun
'This is a book of women and words; homes and honesty; light and longing. A life laid bare, and given to us as reminder of what it means to choose to live. Shadrick weaves the raw beauty of the day to day with the magic of myth and fairy tale to offer us a way through the darkest woods' - Kerri ni Dochartaigh, author of Thin Places
'I finished this wonderful book with tears in my eyes. A book about daring to be, daring to head out, to encounter truths and to understand what place desire must have and must not have in a life. It is beautifully written, both careful and passionate, both slight and strong in its gestures like the best of art, and astonishingly, heartrendingly open. Intensity, beauty, subtlety, pain and courage - all are here' - Adam Nicolson, author of Sea Room and The Mighty Dead
'In beautiful prose, Tanya Shadrick writes her own fairy tale of becoming. She is fearless in her depiction of female desire - I think many women will find themselves in these pages' - Katherine May, author of Wintering
'A daring and enchantingly written blend of memoir and self-help, which urges us to consider, at any age, breaking the spell of our inherited longings for love, approval, safety and rescue, and doing what we are actually called to do with our one wild and precious life' - The Bookseller
'Such lovely observations on familial love and motherhood - and being alive' - Kit de Waal, author of My Name is Leon
'A compelling personal memoir that I gulped down greedily. It's a story about struggle, class, opportunity (taken and wasted), art, sex and desire. About how to live, once you've faced down death, and how to love. The writing is direct and meaningful, open and heart-felt; Tanya is fearless in her integrity and honesty. In laying out her life, Tanya has created a book with the capacity to change yours' - Jenny Landreth, author of Swell
'This book is absolutely magnificent, heartfelt, beautiful. I read it compulsively' - Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat
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“No Description Can Truly Do This Justice”
This book was just incredible. It was like a gut punch. Shadrick's writing about waking up to herself and the raw need inside her to honour her true self after a near death experience, is so powerfully described... More
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Rare are the books of which you can say they have changed your vision of life.
This is one of them for me.
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