The House of Sleep

The House of Sleep

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The House of Sleep - Jonathan Coe's comic tale of love and obsession

Sarah is a narcoleptic who has dreams so vivid she mistakes them for real events; Robert has his life changed for ever by the misunderstandings arising from her condition; Terry, the insomniac, spends his wakeful nights fuelling his obsession with movies; and the increasingly unstable Dr Gregory Dudden sees sleep as a life-shortening disease which must be eradicated. . .

A group of students sharing a house. They fall in and out of love, they drift apart. Yet a decade later they are drawn back together by a series of coincidences involving their obsession with sleep - and each other. . .

Winner of the 1998 Prix Medicis Etranger, The House of Sleep is an intensely moving and frequently hilarious novel about love, obsession and sleep.

'Moving, clever, pleasurable, smart...one of the best books of the year' Malcolm Bradbury, The Times

'There are bits that make you laugh out loud and others that make your heart ache' Guardian

'Fiercely clever, witty, wise, hopeful...a compellingly beautiful tale of love and loss' The Times Literary Supplement

Jonathan Coe's novels are filled with biting political satire, moving and astute observations of life and hilarious set pieces that have made him one of the most popular writers of his generation. His other titles, The Accidental Woman, The Rotters' Club (winner of the Everyman Wodehouse prize), The Closed Circle, The Dwarves of Death, What a Carve Up! (winner of the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize) and The Rain Before it Falls, are all available as Penguin paperback.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 24mm | 240.4g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141033304
  • 9780141033303
  • 207,312

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Winner of the Writers' Guild Best Fiction Award in England and the Prix Medicis in France
Like a surreal and highly caffeinated version of The Big Chill, Jonathan Coe's new novel follows four students who knew each other in college in the eighties. Sarah is a narcoleptic who has dreams so vivid she mistakes them for real events. Robert has his life changed forever by the misunderstandings that arise from her condition. Terry spends his wakeful nights fueling his obsession with movies. And an increasingly unstable doctor, Gregory, sees sleep as a life-shortening disease which he must eradicate.
But after ten years of fretful slumber and dreams gone bad, the four reunite in their college town to confront their disorders. In a Gothic cliffside manor being used as a clinic for sleep disorders, they discover that neither love, nor lunacy, nor obsession ever rests.
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Moving, clever, pleasurable, smart ... one of the best books of the year -- Malcolm Bradbury * The Times * There are bits that make you laugh out loud and others which make your heart ache * Guardian * Fiercely clever, witty, wise, hopeful ... a compellingly beautiful tale of love and loss * Times Literary Supplement * Remarkable ... a wonderful bedtime read * Sunday Times * Moving, clever, pleasurable, smart ... one of the best books of the year -- Malcolm Bradbury * The Times * There are bits that make you laugh out loud and others which make your heart ache * Guardian * Fiercely clever, witty, wise, hopeful ... a compellingly beautiful tale of love and loss * Times Literary Supplement * Remarkable ... a wonderful bedtime read * Sunday Times *
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About Jonathan Coe

Jonathan Coe is the author of eleven novels, all published by Penguin, which include the highly acclaimed bestsellers What a Carve Up!, The House of Sleep and The Rotters' Club. His most recent novel is Number 11.
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4 41% (2,907)
3 22% (1,587)
2 5% (380)
1 1% (94)
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