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The Book of Phobias and Manias: A History of the World in 99 Obsessions (Paperback)
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The Book of Phobias and Manias: A History of the World in 99 Obsessions (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages
Published: 12/10/2023
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THE PERFECT GIFT FOR ALL BIBLIOMANIACS

A BOOK OF THE YEAR IN THE TIMES, FINANCIAL TIMES, SPECTATOR AND DAILY MAIL

A WATERSTONES BEST POPULAR SCIENCE BOOK

Plunge into this rich and thought-provoking A-Z compendium to discover how our fixations have taken shape, from the Middle Ages to the present day, as bestselling author Kate Summerscale deftly traces the threads between the past and present, the psychological and social, the personal and the political.

'Fascinating' Malcolm Gaskill, author of the No. 1 bestseller The Ruin of All Witches

'Fascinating' Observer

'An endlessly intriguing book ... All the bibliomanes (book nutters) I know will love it' Daily Mail

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788162821
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 20 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

Fascinating ... Summerscale uses the same talent for elaborating on psychological tics that made her non-fiction thriller The Suspicions Of Mr. Whicher a top bestseller - Mail on Sunday

This fascinating compendium traces phobias and manias through their rich social, cultural and medical history - Hannah Beckerman, Observer

An endlessly intriguing book - Daily Mail

Magnificent - Marcus Berkmann

Thought-provoking, eloquent and entertaining - Fortean Times

Endlessly fascinating. It's a tantalising glimpse into the labyrinth of the human unconscious - The Tablet

Amusing and oddly unsettling - The Times

Fascinating ... Phobias and manias create a magical space between us and the world - Malcolm Gaskill, author of the No. 1 bestseller The Ruin of All Witches

We are all, in some way or other, plagued by fears and desires beyond our control ... Fascinating, beautifully written and thoroughly researched - Irish Times

Thought-provoking and such fun - Ian Mortimer, bestselling author of The Time Traveller's Guides

A fascinating book - David Crystal

A new book from Summerscale is always a treat. She does vast amounts of research, and then manages to let go of it, and take flight in prose that is both forensic and conversational ... Her sub-title - 'A History of the World in 99 Obsessions' - might echo Neil MacGregor, but this reads more like a book by Oliver Sacks, with dashes of Roald Dahl - Spectator

An intriguing guide to human fixations - Guardian

Fascinating... Exquisitely detailed and consistently insightful, this is an entertaining guide to humanity's compulsions - Publishers Weekly

99 hard-to-stop-reading histories ... from the familiar (homophobia) to surprising fears of eggs, hair, silence and everything (pantophobia) - Chicago Tribune

Informative, witty, and unique ... Summerscale, author of The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher and other well-regarded books, lists 99 fears and compulsions, and the result is a peculiarly engaging book - Kirkus

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