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The Insomnia Museum
03 May 2018 * EBOOK * £7.99 * 9781788541756

Anna lives in a flat with dad. He is a hoarder, and together they have spent the last 12 years constructing the Insomnia Museum, a labyrinth built from dead TVs, old cuckoo clocks, stacks of newspapers and other junk Dad has found. One day Dad doesn't wake up and Anna must leave the museum...

Fiction / FA (Fiction)
Extent: 304 pages
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The Insomnia MuseumLaurie Canciani

Anna lives in a flat with dad. He is a hoarder, and together they have spent the last 12 years constructing the Insomnia Museum, a labyrinth built from dead TVs, old cuckoo clocks, stacks of newspapers and other junk Dad has found.

Anna is 17. She can't remember ever having seen outside the flat, but noises penetrate her isolated world: dogs bark in the walls; music plays in the floor, and a ship sails through the canyons between the tower blocks. Then one day dad falls asleep and won't wake up, and Anna must leave the museum and try to survive in a place that turns out to be stranger and more dangerous than she could have imagined.

It this dazzlingly original debut novel, Laurie Canciani has created a world that is terrible, magical, and richly imagined.

Laurie Canciani was born in 1986 and grew up in Bridgend in South Wales. She was kicked out of school at 16 and battled with agoraphobia. Rediscovering her love of writing in her twenties she earned an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

Vividly imagined and beautifully written British debut novel.

A first novel from a young writer, based on her experiences.

A pertinent and timely exploration of poverty on a council estate.

MARKET: What Was Lost/Catherine O'Flynn, When God was a Rabbit/Sarah Winman, Room/Emma Donohue, Shock of the Fall/Nathan Filer, The Road/Cormac McCarthy, Kate Tempest, Megan Hunter, JG Ballard.


'Laurie Canciani has the ability to take the world we think we know, and turn it inside out. She understands what goes on in people's minds and hearts, and tells us with language that has such brutal, scorching beauty it will take you aback' Samantha Harvey

'Heart-breaking, soul-enhancing and utterly original' Stylist

'A striking debut novel' The Bookseller

'An ambitious exploration of loss, guilt and the way whole lives can turn on a single mistake' Big Issue

'Fizzing with energy and written in occasionally unfinished, staccato sentences, Canciani paints an atmospheric portrait of a world fuelled by deprivation and the will to survive' Daily Mail

'An interesting and original debut, proving that there is, indeed, no place like home, but that, sometimes, you have to go searching for it first, and that Canciani is one to watch' Wales Art Review

'Canciani has a distinctive style that draws you into Anna's view of the world. You will be gripped and deeply invested in her fate' Press Association

'[An] ambitious debut ... This twisted portrait of austerity Britain lingers in the memory' Guardian

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