An Insomniac’s Guide to the Small Hours

by Ysenda Maxtone Graham and Kath Walker

  • Published: 04 Oct 2012
  • Price: £10
  • Format: Hardback
  • Extent: 80p
  • ISBN: 978-1-78072-113-2
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It’s 11pm. All you’ve wanted to do all day is sleep. You’re overworked, underappreciated, and the only thing that got you out of bed this morning was the thought of getting back in it again. Now, finally, here you are. In bed. On the cusp of sleep, drifting off. Such a relief. For what we are about to receive may the Lord make us truly thankful.

But then your mind wanders.  Into territory where it should not go.  From death to broken lightbulbs.  From redundancy to unwritten thank-you letters.  The minutes tick by.   Oh, God, it’s going to be one of those nights.  Those nights which seem to go on for ever, when all the cares of the world weigh down on your shoulders…

This is a book for anyone who has ever spent a night tossing and turning, worrying about life’s worst scenarios. The Insomniac’s Guide takes you on a journey that will have you laughing in your sleep (or lack of it).

“Very funny, very poignant…It appears to start out with a miniaturist’s brush but in fact turns out, like great art, to be about everything. Well, not LIKE great art, it is great art.” – A.N. Wilson

“The ultimate pillow book” – Sunday Telegraph

“Hilarious illustrations… a painfully funny guide to what happens to a mind unwillingly at 2am.” – Reader’s Digest

“Brilliantly funny… Instantly recognisable… Discover the amusing side of those nights that seem to go on forever, with witty illustrations by Kath Walker” – Oldie

“Funny, worrying, gently surreal” – Woman’s Weekly

About Ysenda Maxtone Graham

Ysenda Maxtone Graham made her name as an interviewer for Harpers & Queen and Tatler. She is the author of The Real Mrs Miniver, about the life of her grandmother Jan Struther which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Biography award, and more recently Mr Tibbits’s Catholic School, a memoir, published by Slightly Foxed, which garnered a cult following.

About Kath Walker

Kath Walker is renowned for her brilliantly evocative illustrations. She has worked for many prestigious clients including Cadbury, Rolls Royce and Tesco, and has illustrated a number of books, including Mr Tibbits’s Catholic School.