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The Society of Timid Souls: Or, How to be Brave Paperback – 2 May 2013

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (2 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846685133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846685132
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,911,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A dazzling synthesis of reportage, moral philosophy and memoir, Polly Morland's anatomy of courage moves effortlessly from the bullring and the battlefield to the concert hall and the maternity ward. Searching, startling and richly humane, this is the kind of book that reads you as you read it. A great achievement -- Matthew Sweet I have decided - a deep breath - to call The Society of Timid Souls together once more. If you would care to join me, then perhaps together we can work out how to be brave. I intend to discover a little of what it means - what it really means - to be brave. So it is that I have done, for me, a rather bold thing. I have quit my job and I have packed a notebook. Now come with me. I will be scared to go alone. -- Polly Morland Using her documentarian's eye, Polly Morland has written a moving and deeply personal book; an examination of courage brimming with humanity -- Amanda Foreman Polly Morland has written a beautiful and extremely moving book about the quintessentially human trait of bravery. A widely recognized concept that almost no one really understands, bravery has long needed a serious exploration like The Society of Timid Souls. It is gorgeously written, deeply felt, and sharply researched. This is one of the few books I know that leaves me literally grateful to the writer for doing the work they do. I loved it. -- Sebastian Junger Fascinating ... Morland's philosophical, extremely well-written book suggests that while some people - bullfighters, soldiers, tightrope walkers - are obviously wired to relish dangerous lives, the timid rest of us may be braver than we think. -- John Harding * Daily Mail *

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An inspiring, revelatory and often moving investigation of courage in all its forms, from battlefields and bullrings to earthquakes and opera houses

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