The House of Sleep

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by Jonathan Coe

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

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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 forever 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 …

‘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 WomanThe Rotters’ Club (winner of the Everyman Wodehouse prize), The Closed CircleThe Dwarves of DeathWhat 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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Length: 352 pages
Dimensions: 198mm x 21mm x 129mm
Weight: 245g


26/06/2014 (First published in 1997)


Fiction, Contemporary, LGBTQ, Psychology, Romance


James Tiptree Jr. Award Nominee, Longlist (1998), Prix Médicis Etranger (1998)