With its short chapters on railway gauges, Belgian politics and roundabouts, This Book Will Send You To Sleep promises to knock you out after a few pages. But tedium can prove addictive …

Imagine writing an intentionally boring book: where do you start? After all, most people who write boring books do it unintentionally. How would you know you weren’t being accidentally interesting?

A new volume This Book Will Send You To Sleep promises to be not just consistently boring, but optimally soporific: “Each page is guaranteed to be devoid of excitement,” according to the introduction. “All challenging or stimulating elements have been removed, and we have endeavoured to set and design the text in such a way as to befuddle the mind, inducing a state of hypnotic dreaminess and languor.”

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