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“A sublimely written account of refusing to be defined by social constructs and embracing life-enhancing change, The Cure for Sleep is a poignant and inspiring slice of literary memoir.”

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“Shadrick wrote The Cure for Sleep to chart her reinvention from shy, small-town outsider to someone stamping their presence on artistic and literary life…and she wants to help others follow in her footsteps.”

The Ipaper, Sat 29 Jan 2022

Tanya Shadrick: “Apprenticeships were always seven years: why not place yourself in service to your dream or ambition for that long, using every spare minute on it. Ask yourself: What would you begin now and persist with if you were guaranteed 10 or 20 years in which to master it?”

BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, Tues 19 Apr 2022
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“Tender…ferocious…This luminous debut charts how the author pledged to radically change her life after nearly dying following the birth of her first child”

THE IPapER, Thu 3 Feb 2022

Absolutely gorgeous. If you like lyrical, beautiful, searching non-fiction, then you’ll love The Cure for Sleep

Melissa Febos, author of Girlhood

“Fearless in her depiction of female desire – 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

“Absorbing…robust, declarative even, but there is also something disquieting in this memoir… for Shadrick, to be a woman, an artist and a mother still seems something not quite of this world: a fairy tale that puzzles her even though – or perhaps because – it came true.”

the TLS, thu 21 April 2022
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“Where does it begin – our turn away from risk and adventure? Why do so many of us hide in routine, shrink from opportunity?”

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“Shadrick is a thoughtful, poetically articulate interviewee. Her vantage point is one that she tells expressively in her debut book, The Cure for Sleep. It’s ambitious in its scope, a memoir telling her journey from rural working-class Devon to where she is today.

The Telegraph, Sat 12 Mar 2022
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“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 story about struggle, class, opportunity (taken and wasted), art, sex and desire. About how to live, once you’ve faced down death, and how to love. In laying out her life, Tanya has created a book with the capacity to change yours”

Jenny Landreth, author Swell

“A daring and enchantingly written blend of memoir and self-help, which urges us to consider, at any age, breaking the spell of our inherited longings for love, approval, safety and rescue, and doing what we are actually called to do with our one wild and precious life”

Caroline Sanderson, an Editor’s Choice in The Bookseller

Tanya Shadrick: ‘Begin by making a list of what you love. It is transformative’

Irish Examiner, Tues 25 Jan 2022

“A viscerally honest account of two lives, the second lived more fully, more fearlessly, as wife, mother, friend, feminist, risk-taker, hospice scribe, consummate writer – and completely, impressively her own person”

Rose Shepherd, SAGA

“Honest, raw, powerful – in mesmerising prose Shadrick has produced a profound exposition of how a woman might fully inhabit her own life, even while attending to wider family ties and responsibilities. Personal yet universal, a truly thought-provoking read”

Book of the Month, Sussex Life

“An empowering memoir about the relentless will to survive, the ambiguity of motherhood, the tumult of middle age, the incandescence of love, the tensions between freedom and commitment, and the courage to transcend past selves. It feels like your best friend sharing her most turbulent moments with you. Shadrick challenges us all to wake up and galvanize our sleepy spirits”

Dr Skye Cleary, author of How to Be You: Simone de Beauvoir and The Art of Authentic Living

“How to live. How to die. How to reach back with understanding, even as we were going beyond the ones we’d loved. In that perpetual minute which I believed might be my last, time past spread itself out like a quilt. I held my life to the light, studying its pattern and rips and repairs. Determined – if only for my own self-respect – to die wise, clear-sighted. The most awake I’d ever been.”

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“This book is absolutely magnificent. Heartfelt, beautiful. I read it compulsively”

Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat

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

Charlie Gilmour, author of Featherhood

“This is 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 a way through the darkest woods”

Kerri ní Dochartaigh, author of Thin Places
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