People are going back and forth across
the doorsill where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open
Don’t go back to sleep!


My forthcoming book The Cure for Sleep (Weidenfeld & Nicolson: Feb 2022) is the story of a late-waking life.

Just days into motherhood, I began dying - fast, and without pain or warning.

On my return from near-death, I determined to stop sleepwalking through life and to start paying attention, taking more risks, and making myself more open to chance events and encounters. I worked towards this first as a hospice scribe, and since then as a self-made ‘writer of the outside’ who uses pen and paper in public to encourage strangers to share their own stories of life-changing times.

The Cure for Sleep is full of threshold events, mine and others’: Those times when we are brought to a sudden need to choose or we experience something which changes forever our perspective of life and how to live it.

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“DID I SEE IT? What people want to know when they learn about my sudden near-death at thirty-three. Yes, I saw a light, I say. It changed me. But not in ways that were quick or comfortable.

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