Tormented Hope: Nine Hypochondriac Lives

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'It's so good that, after reading it, I needed a lie-down' - Hilary Mantel, Guardian Books of the Year Brian Dillon looks at nine prominent hypochondriacs - James Boswell, Charlotte Brontė, Charles Darwin, Florence Nightingale, Daniel Paul Schreber, Alice James, Marcel Proust, Glenn Gould and Andy Warhol - and what their lives tell us about the way the mind works with, and against, the body. His findings are stimulating and surprising, and the stories he tells are often moving, sometimes hilarious, and always gripping. With a new afterword on Michael Jackson. Brian Dillon's first book, In the Dark Room, won the Irish Book Award for Non-fiction in 2006. He lives in Canterbury.

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Brian Dillon is the author of In the Dark Room, a memoir that won the Irish Book Award for Nonfiction 2005, andTormented Hope: Nine Hypochondriac Lives, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize 2009. He teaches at the Royal College of Art.

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It's so good that, after reading it, I needed a lie-down. -- Hilary Mantel Guardian Books of the Year A brilliant series of portraits Observer Fascinating ... Written with great elegance and shrewd understanding -- William Boyd Guardian Books of the Year Illuminating, humane and beautiful Independent Ingenious and intriguing Guardian Brian Dillon is a superbly careful writer. ... [This book] will delight, move and horrify any of the millions of us who, like the late Spike Milligan, have at one time or another contemplated having "I told you I was ill" inscribed on our gravestones. -- Sam Leith Daily Mail A mini-masterpiece -- Louise Carpenter Observer Excellent Sunday Times Strangely delightful ... Dillon's book is constantly intelligent Scotland on Sunday You don't need to be a hypochondriac to enjoy this series of discursive, insightful essays that are full of quirky details and fascinating anecdotes Mail on Sunday Illuminating -- Philip Hoare Sunday Telegraph Eloquent and incisive -- Boyd Tonkin Independent Dillon's mind is as interesting as those of the people he writes about ... bizarrely unputdownable -- Eileen Battersby Irish Times

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