The Book of Phobias & Manias

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

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Publisher's Synopsis

A captivating A-Z from the award-winning author of The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

From arachnophobia to bibliomania.

'Fascinating... Exquisitely detailed and consistently insightful' Publishers Weekly

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 bestselling author Kate Summerscale deftly traces the threads between the past and present, the psychological and social, the personal and the political.

'A new book from Summerscale is always a treat ... Her sub-title might echo Neil MacGregor, but this reads more like a book by Oliver Sacks, with dashes of Roald Dahl' Maggie Fergusson, Spectator

'Every phobia and mania makes us think about ourselves differently. Thought-provoking and such fun' Ian Mortimer, bestselling author of The Time Traveller's Guides

Book information

ISBN: 9781788162814
Publisher: Profile
Imprint: Wellcome Collection
Pub date:
DEWEY: 616.85225
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 239
Weight: 412g
Height: 141mm
Width: 223mm
Spine width: 28mm