The Book of Phobias and Manias: A History of the World in 99 Obsessions (Hardback)Kate Summerscale (author)
The award-winning author of The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher and The Haunting of Alma Fielding presents a fascinating and hugely entertaining history of our fears and obsessions from the Middle Ages to the modern day.
Ever been struck dumb when public speaking? You might be suffering from glossophobia. Do your book-buying habits verge on bibliomania? Do you recoil in arachnophobic horror at the sight of a spider - or twitch with nomophobia when you misplace your mobile phone?
Our fears and compulsions often feel like part of our deepest selves - yet they're bound up in the currents of the world around us. This thrilling compendium of 99 phobias and manias, rare and familiar, delves into the obsessions that have shaped us all. The award-winning author Kate Summerscale takes us from the middle ages to the present day, using rich and riveting case studies to trace the links between the private and the public, the personal and the political.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 400 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 22 mm
Praise for Kate Summerscale:
'Summerscale's brilliance lies not only in recognising the power of a particular story, but in charting, with beautiful precision, its strange echoes and reverberations' - Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
'Simply superb' - Alexandra Harris, Guardian
'Extraordinary' - Phillipa Gregory, Daily Telegraph
'As good as non-fiction could possibly get' - Victoria Hislop, Daily Mail
'Mesmerising' - Boyd Tonkin, Independent
'Summerscale is an exquisite storyteller. She is judicious in her use of detail, subtle in her unspoken connections between the past and the present...' - Daisy Goodwin, The Times
'Her research is needle-sharp and her period detail richly atmospheric' - John Carey, Sunday Times
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