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Lewis Carroll’s Guide for Insomniacs

Lewis Carroll’s Guide for Insomniacs

by Lewis Carroll, introduction by Gyles Brandreth

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“The dilemma my friends suppose me to be in,” writes the author Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, “has, for its two horns, the endurance of a sleepless night, and the adoption of some recipe for inducing sleep.”

In this delightful book—the perfect gift for all insomniacs—are collected a splendid variety of entertainments devised to help pass “the wakeful hours.” Ranging from puzzles, rhymes and limericks to simple number problems and calming calculations; from composing rhymes and planning dreams to preparing nightcaps, here is a feast of intriguing activities guaranteed to keep you entertained as you search for the elusive rabbit-hole of a good night’s sleep.

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Series: Notting Hill Editions
ISBN: 9781912559596
Pages: 96
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A medley of games, riddles, rhymes and number problems, Lewis Carroll’s Guide for Insomniacs is the perfect companion for the wee hours when sleep won’t come. Adorned with a sprightly new introduction by Gyles Brandreth...the little volume...features the creator of Alice in Wonderland as an infinitely resourceful inventor of new entertainments, including an early form of Scrabble and a version of croquet that you can play in your head.... When Alice wakes up at the end of Through the Looking-Glass, she isn’t even sure if she has dreamed her own dream or been part of someone else’e's....Better, then, to stay awake and keep busy.
—Christoph Irmscher, The Wall Street Journal

The second edition of this lovely bedside companion, written by Carroll and originally compiled (with some tweaks) by British entertainer and politician Brandreth in the 1970s, features a litany of cures and distractions for sleepless nights....Brandreth’s arrangement of Carroll’s musings, drawn from several of his published works, is charmingly formulated to pierce the darkness: 'Whatever the horrors of the night, day always comes.' It’s a thoughtful gift for clever night owls.
Publishers Weekly

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