What happens when one of the basic human needs goes unmet? For award-winning UK author Samantha Harvey, extreme sleep deprivation resulted in a raw clarity about life itself. Original and profound, her latest memoir, The Shapeless Unease: A Year of Not Sleeping, is a startlingly insightful exploration of memory, writing and influence, death and grief, and the will to survive. Pull up a pillow; this conversation promises not to be a snooze.
Interviewer: Heidi Reitmaier