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01Colin Thubron20170206Colin Thubron recalls booking into a room that once belonged to a merciless Chinese leader

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

02Rachel Cooke20170207Journalist Rachel Cooke on spending a night in accommodation in the wilds of Scotland.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

05Naomi Alderman20170210Naomi Alderman describes a trip to the Arctic, where she spent much time confined to bed.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

01Colin Thubron20170206

Five writers recall a night they spent somewhere out of the ordinary.

Colin Thubron is the first to report back. Thirty years ago he was in a Chinese town, unknown to the rest of the world. His time here was haunted by memories of a merciless leader, whose bed he will sleep in for one night only. One night is enough though...

Producer Duncan Minshull.

02Rachel Cooke20170207Five writers recall a night they spent somewhere out of the ordinary.

Rachel Cooke was on assignment in the wilds of Scotland, reporting on a deer hunt. Exhausted, after a peaty-coloured bath, bedtime approaches. Dreams ensue and also the rattling of her door-knob...

Producer Duncan Minshull.

03Philip Hoare20170208Five writers recall a night they spent somewhere out of the ordinary.

Philip Hoare was thrown off his bike and spent a night in a hospital observation ward. The bed is tiny, the sheets strap him firmly in. Then he takes a look at his fellow patients...

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Philip Hoare on spending a night in a hospital observation ward after falling off his bike

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

04John Walsh20170209Five writers recall a night they spent somewhere out of the ordinary.

John Walsh lies in a hammock in the jungle in Guyana, with his new friend Helen close by. At two in the morning they set off to explore the undergrowth and soon encounter some other sleepers...

Producer Duncan Minshull.

Writer John Walsh describes sleeping in a hammock in the jungle in Guyana.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

05 LASTNaomi Alderman20170210Five writers recall a night they spent somewhere out of the ordinary.

Naomi Alderman signs up for a trip to the Arctic, but has to spend a lot of time in her bunk bed. When she feels better and ventures across the ice, small but vital revelations are at hand...

Producer Duncan Minshull.