Winner of the Writers' Guild Best Fiction Award in England and the Prix Medicis in France Like a surreal and highly caffeinated version of The Big Chill, Jonathan Coe's new vel follows four students who knew each other in college in the eighties. Sarah is a narcoleptic who has dreams so vivid she mistakes them for real events. Robert has his life changed forever by the misunderstandings that arise from her condition. Terry spends his wakeful nights fueling his obsession with movies. And an increasingly unstable doctor, Gregory, sees sleep as a life-shortening disease which he must eradicate. But after ten years of fretful slumber and dreams gone bad, the four reunite in their college town to confront their disorders. In a Gothic cliffside mar being used as a clinic for sleep disorders, they discover that neither love, r lunacy, r obsession ever rests.
Born in 1961, Jonathan Coe took degrees from Cambridge and Warwick universities. He lives in London.