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Schadenfreude: The Little Book of Black Delights [Kindle Edition]

Tim Lihoreau
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

We might not like to admit to it, but everyone – even the gentlest of souls – derives a secret guilty satisfaction from the misfortune of others. Tim Lihoreau has made it his business to uncover the myriad ways in which schadenfreude rears its wicked head, including: Turparphilia: To delight in the less than aesthetically beautiful nature of a friend's offspring. Nimbuphilia: To delight in driving wildly through a kerb-side puddle which you know to be too close to a pedestrian. Famaphilia: To delight in witnessing a celebrity in an everyday pickle. Schadenfreude: The Little Book of Black Delights uncovers the shady details of our darkest pleasures. Naming, defining and explaining each one in turn with fascinating insights and erudite wit, it drives at the heart of what it is we find so irresistibly delightful when faced with the other people's discomfort. Whether you actively pursue them, only think of them or even try and deny them, your blackest delights are in here somewhere...


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I was just about to cast [the book] from me in a righteous rage when I realised there were delights that really rang a bell with me. Damn. The delight in seeing a fare-dodger caught out, for example (locluxophilia) well, I can't deny it. I am the daughter of a very Old Testament kind of mother, and as such, I positively rejoice in a comeuppance. --Lynne Truss, Saga magazine

About the Author

Tim Lihoreau is one of Classic FM's best-loved presenters. A regular writer and contributor to print and online media, he is also the author of numerous bestselling books.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1181 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1907642374
  • Publisher: Elliott & Thompson (21 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XG6YG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #267,425 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doses of Delight 13 Jun. 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I saw this book at a friend's house, thought it looked fun, meant to buy it, looked it up on Amazon, discovered that there was a Kindle version, and being a cheapskate, bought that. Well, I made a mistake. My mistake was not in buying the book, but in buying the eBook version. This is, as a friend might say `a loo book'. It's not really for sitting down and reading cover to cover. Like Schott's Miscellany, it's a small volume best administered in small doses. Dip into it for a few pages, then again on your next visit. Don't forget that a queue might be forming outside the door, desperate to use the facilities. You are supposed to be attending to serious business, so try not to giggle or guffaw - it will give you away.

The author is clearly a clever chap and might even have passed his `O'level Latin at school. Not sure if there is an `A' level in Dog Latin, but he'd have cruised that one with a distinction.

Through his erudite, tongue-in-cheek wit I have discovered that I am a callidinfanophiliac, an extrunophiliac, suffer from inauctophilia and am definitely guilty of fracurrophilia. Don't tell my family, but they probably already have suspicions. I have also clearly identified friends, family and acquaintances who are chaophiliacs, nimbuphiliacs as well as indulging in nothesophilia and potestaphilia. It's quite serious! One of my friends has such a bad case of niovemophilia, he has a book coming out about it.

This small book is not without controversy. Tim Lihoreau has clearly put his neck on the line by `outing' Mrs Windsor as a vigintiunphiliac. I suppose that's his MBE for services to dog Latin and humour out of the window?

All good fun, but don't be a cheapskate like me. Buy the hard copy version. It's better and handier if there's a paper emergency. Five stars!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem 27 Oct. 2011
By tamsina
Format:Hardcover
This book is a little gem ... it made me chuckle out loud every time I turned the page and I kept on reading bits to my friend. Spot-on observations about human nature - from well-known foibles to sentiments that I never realised I had but recognised immediately! Clever use of language was just as satisfying. A perfect Christmas present!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyably worrying 13 Jan. 2015
By Goatboy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
An erudite and enjoyable little tome which worries as one progresses through it.
At first I found myself recognising work colleges (mainly from the H.R & Marketing departments), then friends & family, finally I found that I was stacking up a worrying amount of these conditions against my own ID.
Well worth the read and brilliant email fodder for distant friends where it's fun to wind them up from afar.
There were a couple of proof mistakes in the book, but on reflection I fear that they were included so that I'd out myself in pointing them out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doses of Delight 13 Jun. 2012
By Eye Book - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I saw this book at a friend's house, thought it looked fun, meant to buy it, looked it up on Amazon, discovered that there was a Kindle version, and being a cheapskate, bought that. Well, I made a mistake. My mistake was not in buying the book, but in buying the eBook version. This is, as a friend might say `a bathroom book'. It's not really for sitting down and reading cover to cover. Like Schott's Miscellany, it's a small volume best administered in small doses. Dip into it for a few pages, then again on your next visit. Don't forget that a queue might be forming outside the door, desperate to use the facilities. You are supposed to be attending to serious business, so try not to giggle or guffaw - it will give you away.

The author is clearly a clever chap and might even have passed his `O'level Latin at school. Not sure if there is an `A' level in Dog Latin, but he'd have cruised that one with a distinction.

Through his erudite, tongue-in-cheek wit I have discovered that I am a callidinfanophiliac, an extrunophiliac, suffer from inauctophilia and am definitely guilty of fracurrophilia. Don't tell my family, but they probably already have suspicions. I have also clearly identified friends, family and acquaintances who are chaophiliacs, nimbuphiliacs as well as indulging in nothesophilia and potestaphilia. It's quite serious! One of my friends has such a bad case of niovemophilia, he has a book coming out about it.

This small book is not without controversy. Tim Lihoreau has clearly put his neck on the line by `outing' Mrs Windsor aka QE2 as a vigintiunphiliac. I suppose that's his MBE for services to dog Latin and humour out of the window?

All good fun, but don't be a cheapskate like me. Buy the hard copy version. It's better and handier if there's a paper emergency. Five stars!
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