The Cure for Sleep

The Cure For Sleep by Tanya Shadrick

“Those breaths after coma were posthumous: the me of my first thirty-three years – that girl, that woman, who had worked so steadily to keep herself hidden, safe and small – was dead. My new self was stripped bare and spreadeagled. Flayed too of consoling ideas about how life might be kept neat and tidy.” The Cure for Sleep

About the book

 At the age of thirty-three, Tanya Shadrick – whose life is confined by anxiety – begins dying. Fast and without warning. Rushed from husband and son, she believes her time is ending. On return from coma, she makes a vow to stop sleepwalking through her one wild and precious life. To live with more courage and creativity – and to share what she learns: a painstaking path that will connect her to extraordinary people and places.

This is a book with the quality of fable: a strength-giving story that encourages us to wake up, pay attention, and start making our mark.

About the author

Tanya Shadrick is a former hospice scribe and writer who works in public spaces to encourage others to share stories and take creative risks. She has been writer-in-residence in many extraordinary places, including Monk’s House National Trust – the novelist Virginia Woolf’s last home – and the Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature in Switzerland.

She is editor and publisher of the Wainwright Prize longlisted Wild Woman Swimming (The Selkie Press) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. This is her first book.


The Cure for Sleep is represented by agent Robert Caskie of Caskie Mushens Ltd