The Family That Couldn't Sleep, Paperback Book


The first symptoms begin after just a few sleepless nights, with shaking, sweating and overwhelming anxiety.

They end only after months of agonising open-eyed deterioration when the victim finally falls into a coma-like state of exhaustion and then dies.

Fatal Familial Insomnia is a rare, inherited disease that has afflicted one noble Venetian family for centuries, striking at random and passing from generation to generation like a deadly dynastic curse.

The cause? A rogue protein called a prion, which is impossible to destroy and is also responsible for Mad Cow Disease and scrapie in sheep.

In this ground-breaking work of scientific detection, D.

T. Max pins down this most mutable and maddening of enemies and tells a story that is at once enlightening and spell-binding.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: True stories
  • ISBN: 9781846270901



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