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Top 40 Book Club : December 2009
THE LOST ART OF SLEEP MICHAEL McGIRR For anyone who has ever been too tired to go to bed, too tired to sleep, too tired to think, McGirr describes these situations as someone with an intimate knowledge of what this feels like. He has struggled with sleep deprivation and sleep apnoea, even before the birth of his twins. His storytelling is witty, warm and engaging. He explores sleep in the lives of notable persons through history, as well as his own experience of sleep and the modern lifestyle. In humorous narrative style he reveals our strange and intriguing relationship to sleep. Writing in this historical and personal context, McGirr provides a curious comfort that anyone who has ever struggled with sleep will warm to. 'in humorous narrative style he reveals our strange and intriguing relationship to sleep'