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The Cure for Sleep

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781474618106

Price: £16.99

ON SALE: 20th January 2022

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Memoirs

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.


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, held to the morning light 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 way through the darkest woods
Kerri ní Dochartaigh, author of Thin Places