The Book of Phobias and Manias: Kate Summerscale

£16.99

Do you recoil in arachnophobic horror at the sight of a spider – or twitch with nomophobia when you misplace your mobile phone? Do your book-buying habits verge on bibliomania? Perhaps you find yourself mired in indecision and uncertainty? (Would it be reassuring to give this a name: aboulomania?) Our phobias and manias are contradictory and multiple: deeply intimate, yet forged by the times we live in – the commonest form of anxiety disorder, but rarely given a formal diagnosis. Plunge into this rich, surprising and fascinating A-Z compendium to discover how our fixations have taken shape, from pre-history to the present day, as award-winning author Kate Summerscale deftly traces the threads between the past and present, the psychological and social, the personal and the political.

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A Times Best Non-fiction Book for Autumn 2022″We are all driven by our fears and desires, and sometimes we are in thrall to them.”A captivating A-Z from the bestselling author of The Suspicions of Mr WhicherDo you recoil in arachnophobic horror at the sight of a spider – or twitch with nomophobia when you misplace your mobile phone? Do your book-buying habits verge on bibliomania? Perhaps you find yourself mired in indecision and uncertainty? (Would it be reassuring to give this a name: aboulomania?)Our phobias and manias are contradictory and multiple: deeply intimate, yet forged by the times we live in – the commonest form of anxiety disorder, but rarely given a formal diagnosis. Plunge into this rich, surprising and fascinating A-Z compendium to discover how our fixations have taken shape, from pre-history to the present day, as award-winning author Kate Summerscale deftly traces the threads between the past and present, the psychological and social, the personal and the political.’I am sure this book will cause a ‘mania’ of its own. Thought-provoking and such fun’ Ian Mortimer, bestselling author of The Time Traveller’s Guides

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Weight 0.42 kg
Dimensions 21.4 × 13.8 × 2.4 cm
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Cover

Hardback

Pages

256

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

616.85225 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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