The cover of 'Nod' by Adrian Barnes.

Dawn breaks over Vancouver and no-one in the world has slept the night before, or almost no-one. A few people, perhaps one in ten thousand can still sleep, and they’ve all shared the same strange, golden dream. A handful of children still sleep as well, but what they’re dreaming remains a mystery. After six days of absolute sleep deprivation, psychosis will set in. After four weeks, the body will die. In the interim, panic ensues and a bizarre new world arises in which those previously on the fringes of society take the lead. One couple experience a lifetime in a week as he continues to sleep, she begins to disintegrate before him, and the new world swallows the old one whole. NOD.

NOD was short listed for the 2012 Costa Book Award and the Arthur C Clarke Award 2013.


Barnes employs this brilliant idea to explore the nature of perception, redemption, and personal and social catastrophe. Outstanding. -- Eric Brown in the Guardian

Adrien Barnes' first novel is a masterclass of humane insight and intelligent plotting, set during the last waking hours of human kind. -- Matthew Mcormack on Amazon

Nod is a novel that only comes around every five to ten years. It takes that long for a writer to create a piece of fiction that actually has something say and is unique. Nod is that book. -- C. Wallwork on Amazon


November 2012