BEDTIME STORIES FOR GROWN-UPS
BEN HOLDEN (SIMON & SCHUSTER, $39.99)
You’re just the right age to rediscover the joys of a bedtime story – so hit the hay with this eclectic, engaging collection of poems, fables, fairy tales and short stories reflecting our drift towards sleep. Luminaries such as Shakespeare, Dickens and Nabokov, Nora Ephron, Haruki Murakami, P.G. Wodehouse and Margaret Atwood are interspersed with explorations on the science of sleep, the workings of our dreaming subconscious, and notes on the nature of storytelling from authorities on folklore and fairy tales. I found this anthology’s offerings poignant, comical, and thought-provoking; from Oscar Wilde’s heartbreaking The Happy Prince to the tale of the Hubble telescope and Wodehouse’s Wooster musing amusingly on mists and mellow fruitfulness. If sleep’s “slow approach is a subtle pleasure”, this book encapsulates that pleasure on your bedside table.