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The Sleepless by Liam Bell

The blurb and topic intrigued me, so I had to read this book by Liam Bell.

Grafton has been raising his son alone for 8 years after his wife Liz left them to join a sleepless cult. The cult is based on the belief that sleep is merely a social construct. Following a lead, he sets out to find Liz.

The aspect of a cult that believed sleep was overrated intrigued me, so I was excited to read this book. The way the main characters are explored and the seamless POV changes will leave you wanting more.

The concept of 'The Sleepless' cult was fascinating and the entire book was skillfully written, leaving you eager for more. I've always had a deep fascination with communes/cults and a morbid curiosity about their inner workings. The author's skillful use of vivid description and rich imagery draws me in, allowing me to feel the oppression and manipulation in a truly immersive way.

Many thanks to @liammurraybell @fly_press @KellyALacey @lovebookstours for the opportunity to read it and a spot on the tour.


About the Author

Liam Murray Bell was born in Orkney and has lived in both Belfast and Glasgow. His first novel, So It Is, was shortlisted for SMIT Scottish Book of the Year 2013 and long listed for the Waverton Good Read Award. He completed his MLitt in Creative Writing at Glasgow University and his PhD at the University of Surrey.

He has published in several critical and creative journals and anthologies, and has featured in The Observer, The Financial Times and on BBC Radio Scotland's Book Cafe. He lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Stirling. His third novel, Man at Sea, is out now with Fly on the Wall Press. @liammurraybell

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