And so to bed with Samuel Pepys | Brief letters

A literary cure for insomnia | Arts and health privatisation | Heffalump traps | Effects of Librium | Must-see theatre

Re Adrian Chiles’s cure for insomnia (I’ve tried everything and finally found the perfect cure for insomnia, 28 September), my most sleep-inducing audiobook is Samuel Pepys’ diary, read by Kenneth Branagh. Pepys is a lecherous, money-grabbing old sod, nasty to the servants and dismissive of his wife. But he is at the centre of history. After 10 minutes I am in the land of nod.
Anne Moon
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

• Charlotte Higgins compares privatisation of the arts to what is happening to the NHS (The great British sell-off: why are we allowing our arts to be privatised by stealth?, 1 October). However, rich people are donating to arts institutions, allowing them to keep their doors open to the public. The companies that “invest” in the NHS are seeking to extract public money from it, not contribute to it.
Maggie Watson

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