Bedtime stories for grown-ups


Ben Holden

Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781471153754

RRP: $35.00

Ebook ISBN: 989147153785

RRP $12.99

Published 1st October, 2016

Reviewed by Debbie Berger

Why should children only get bedtime stories at the end of their day? This delightful bedside book provides an option for the adult who loved the ritual of a bedtime story when they were younger. There is a great selection in this anthology including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, short stories and extracts from longer tales. Authors ranging from William Shakespeare, Haruki Murakami and Roald Dahl are included as well as contributions by Neil Gaiman, Patrick Ness and Ken Follett to name just a few. I found myself flicking through the book for a few nights in a row, fascinated by what I may find next.

Bedtime Stories for Grownups is divided into sections that replicate the patterns of sleep – from falling asleep to dreaming and then back to being awakened after the body has rested. Each of these sections provide a commentary  and some interesting facts and beliefs surrounding sleep. An added bonus is the notes and illuminations at the end of the book which provide additional research and brief bibliographies of some of the authors.

What a great way to end your day and begin the night. And just in time for your Christmas shopping list too.

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