The Sleep Quilt

The Sleep Quilt

by Tracy Chevalier


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The Sleep Quilt is unlike any other quilt you will have seen. Commissioned by Tracy Chevalier, it is entirely stitched and quilted by prisoners in some of Britain’s toughest jails. Each of the 63 squares explores what sleep means in prison. A moment of escape for some, for others a dark return to all they most regret in life, sleep has a great significance in jail that is only strengthened by the difficulty of finding it in the relentlessly noisy, hot and cramped environment. By turns poignant, witty, lighthearted and tragic, The Sleep Quilt shines a light on lives that few outside can guess at. An essay by Tracy Chevalier and an introduction by Katy Emck of Fine Cell Work, the charity that made the quilt possible, as well as many quotations from prisoners, frame this remarkable work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843681465
Publisher: Pallas Athene (UK)
Publication date: 12/18/2017
Edition description: None
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 5.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Tracy Chevalier is author of Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Virgin Blue, At the Edge of the Orchard, and many other novels. Her interest in quilting was sparked by her research for a novel, The Last Runaway, and she is now a committed quilter. Fine Cell Work is a charity that runs rehabilitation projects in 30 British prisons by training prisoners in paid, skilled and creative needlework.


London, England

Date of Birth:

October 19, 1962

Place of Birth:

Washington, D.C.


B.A. in English, Oberlin College, 1984; M.A. in creative writing, University of East Anglia, 1994

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