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‘A paean to the life-enhancing power of the dark’ SHARON BLACKIE, author of If Women Rose Rooted

– Creative
– Curious
– Vulnerable
– Enchanted
– Courageous

In the winter of 2020, Annabel Abbs experienced a series of bereavements. As she grieved, she kept busy by day, but at night sleep eluded her. And yet her sleeplessness led to a profound and unexpected discovery: her Night Self.

As the night transformed into a place of creativity and liberation, Annabel found she wasn’t alone. From the radical fifteenth-century philosopher Laura Cereta and subversive artist Louise Bourgeois, to Virginia Woolf and the activist Peace Pilgrim, women have long found sanctuary, inspiration and courage in darkness.

Drawing on the latest science, which shows we are more imaginative, open-minded and reflective at night, Annabel set out to discover the potential of her Night Self. Sleepless follows her journey, from midnight hikes to starlit swims, from Singapore, the brightest city on Earth, to the darkest corner of the Arctic Circle, and finally to that most elusive of places – sleep.

A moving, revelatory voyage into the dark, Sleepless invites us to feel less anxious about our sleep, and to embrace the possibilities of the night.

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This book asks one of the most beautiful questions a Big Soul can ask herself: What if our insomnia was a wondrous, life-thriving thing? As a reader, we answer it together with weary but deeply fulfilled relief, yes, yes, it is!
Sarah Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of This One Wild and Precious Life
Transforms the dead of the night into a place alive with feminine creativity, curiosity and self-discovery. You'll find yourself longing for the dark
Tabitha Carvan
A beautiful book that weaves together science, storytelling and self-discovery. Soft, soothing and soulful
Nicola Jane Hobbs, author of The Relaxed Woman
A rich and revelatory exploration of the creative and liberating potential of the night, and a paean to the life-enhancing power of the dark. My newborn Night Self was left longing for more
Sharon Blackie, author of The Enchanted Life
I adore all of Annabel's vibrant and insightful writing, but this walk in the dark was an utter revelation. Beautifully written in engaging first-person narrative, I now have an idea of the beauty of this side of our lives
Kathryn Aalto
Fascinating . . . seeking to avoid what she later comes to value, Annnabel's relationship with the dark shows us the night can become a time of creative potential and healing
Nina Edwards, author of Darkness