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Insomnia and the joy of night-walking

Charles Dickens was right—the boundaries between real and unreal feel insubstantial under starlight

By Cal Flyn   March 2020

Illustration: Kate Hazell

Insomnia brings with it a few benefits. Long hours awaiting the approach of sleep offer plenty of time for reading, for example. It can be a useful time to review the day just past, and plan the days ahead. But, sometimes, hours drag on, and there’s nothing for it but to give up and get up. And now, since moving to Orkney, I go out.

I’m very fortunate in that I have rarely felt constrained by being a woman. But moving somewhere…

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