The Book of Phobias and Manias (Digital Audio, MP3)

£21.99

A captivating A-Z compendium of our fears and obsessions by the bestselling author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

SKU: 9781800812567

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'Every phobia makes us think about ourselves differently … I am sure this book will cause a 'mania' of its own' Ian Mortimer, bestselling author of The Time Traveller's Guides

A captivating A-Z from the bestselling author of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

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.