The Insomnia Museum (Hardback)Laurie Canciani (author)
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Anna lives in a flat with dad. He is a hoarder, and together they have spent the last 12 years constructing the Insomnia Museum, a labyrinth built from dead TVs, old cuckoo clocks, stacks of newspapers and other junk Dad has found.
Anna is 17. She can't remember ever having seen outside the flat, but noises penetrate her isolated world: dogs bark in the walls; music plays in the floor, and a ship sails through the canyons between the tower blocks. Then one day dad falls asleep and won't wake up, and Anna must leave the museum and try to survive in a place that turns out to be stranger and more dangerous than she could have imagined.
It this dazzlingly original debut novel, Laurie Canciani has created a world that is terrible, magical, and richly imagined.
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 210 x 130 mm
'Heart-breaking, soul-enhancing and utterly original' * Stylist *
'A striking debut novel' * The Bookseller *
'An ambitious exploration of loss, guilt and the way whole lives can turn on a single mistake' * Big Issue *
'Fizzing with energy and written in occasionally unfinished, staccato sentences, Canciani paints an atmospheric portrait of a world fuelled by deprivation and the will to survive' * Daily Mail *
'An interesting and original debut, proving that there is, indeed, no place like home, but that, sometimes, you have to go searching for it first, and that Canciani is one to watch' * Wales Art Review *
'Canciani has a distinctive style that draws you into Anna's view of the world. You will be gripped and deeply invested in her fate' * Press Association *
[An] ambitious debut... This twisted portrait of austerity Britain lingers in the memory' * Guardian *
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