about the book

The Cure for Sleep (Weidenfeld & Nicolson: 20 Jan 22) is the story of a late-waking life.

Just days into motherhood, Tanya Shadrick begins dying - fast, and without pain or warning.

On return from near-death, she determines to stop sleepwalking through life and make herself more open to chance and connection.

The Cure for Sleep is full of threshold events, hers and other people’s: Those moments 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.


“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

“I love this book. Tanya’s story is moving and inspiring. Her thoughts and writing are well considered, courageous and true: real art. Just reading her is pleasure”

Amy Liptrot, author of The Outrun

“Such a bold, brave, and beautiful story about birth, death, rebirth and building a larger life”

Charlie Gilmour, author of Featherhood

“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 The Making of Poetry

“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 way through the darkest woods”

Kerri ní Dochartaigh, author of Thin Places

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By subscribing you receive the first page of the book as a welcome, and then - once a month - further short extracts, each to a theme, with invitations to join or listen in to conversations around The Cure For Sleep. You will also hear about opportunities to share your own true tales of threshold moments.

story archive

You can read the stories that subscribers are contributing to each monthly theme on The Cure For Sleep book site: march issueapril issuemay issuejune issue | july issue

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