I’d read The Rotters’ Club previously, not knowing what to expect, and had been impressed. Well, impressed with the evocative, funny, perceptive parts anyway. Anyway, I spotted this in a charity shop a while back and was intrigued by the basic premise: a group of individuals linked together over time by their various interests in and sufferings from sleep disorders.

The House of Sleep by Jonathan Coe

The title refers to a large old building which was once home to some of the characters back in their student days and is now a privately run sleep clinic. Jonathan Coe alternates the chapters so that we hop from the events of the characters whilst in their early adulthood in the 1983-4 to events twelve years later.

Like The Rotters’ Club, this is an easy, relaxing read, with genuinely funny moments, as well as a few poignant set pieces.

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