Meet Annabel Abbs at Winstone’s


Listen to her discuss her fascinating book Sleepless – about women and the nocturnal world. This will be a fascinating talk, one not to be missed.

In the winter of 2020, Annabel Abbs experienced a series of bereavements. As she grieved, she kept busy by day, but at night sleep eluded her. Yet her sleeplessness led to a profound and unexpected discovery: her Night Self.
As the night transformed into a place of creativity and liberation, Annabel found she wasn’t alone. From the radical fifteenth-century philosopher Laura Cereta and subversive artist Louise Bourgeois, to Virginia Woolf and the activist Peace Pilgrim, women have long found sanctuary, inspiration and courage in darkness.
Drawing on the latest science, which shows we are more imaginative, open-minded and reflective at night, Annabel set out to discover the potential of her own Night Self.
Sleepless follows her journey, from midnight hikes to starlit swims, from Singapore, the brightest city on Earth, to the darkest corner of the Arctic Circle, and finally to that most elusive of places – sleep.
A moving, revelatory voyage into the dark, Sleepless invites us to feel less anxious about our sleep, and to embrace the possibilities of the night.
‘Sleepless has changed how I feel about sleep … I was captivated’ The Times, Book of the Week
‘This book will inspire you to get up, light a candle, and experience your own Night Self’ Financial Times

Annabel will be doing a talk and signing on Tuesday, 19th March 2024, 6.30 for 7pm, Winstone’s Books, Sherborne. Tickets £2, available from the shop or from

How to Solve Your Own Murder by Kristen Perrin

A hilarious mystery with a killer hook. In 1965, a fortune teller told 17-year old Frances Adams that one day she’d be murdered. Thus began a life of trying to prevent the crime that would be her eventual demise.
No one took Frances seriously for sixty years – until, of course, she was murdered.
When Frances’ great-niece Annie arrives in Dorset and discovers her death, she is thrust into her great-aunt’s final act of revenge.
Frances had collected a lifetime of evidence, compiling dirt on everyone she knew – just in case. Her will stipulates that the person who uses these findings to solve her murder will inherit millions.
Can Annie unravel the mystery and find justice for Frances, or will digging up the past lead her into the path of a killer?
Set in the fictional town of Castle Knoll – inspired by Corfe Castle – right here in Dorset, How To Solve Your Own Murder will publish on 26th March.

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