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

Kate Summerscale

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A thrilling compendium of our deepest fears and obsessions by the bestselling author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

Ever been struck dumb when speaking in public? 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 shape us all. 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.

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Praise for The Book of Phobias and Manias: A History of the World in 99 Obsessions

  • Summerscale's brilliance lies not only in recognising the power of a particular story, but in charting, with beautiful

  • 'Simply superb' - Guardian

  • 'As good as non-fiction could possibly get' - Daily Mail

  • 'Extraordinary' - Daily Telegraph

  • 'Praise for Kate Summerscale

  • precision, its strange echoes and reverberations' - Mail on Sunday

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