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`Illuminating' --Philip Hoare, Sunday Telegraph
`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
`The language is fluent and cogent, the story telling economical and deft. And the whole is a feat of compression ... This is a superb book about a fascinating subject and one I'd recommend to anyone' --Carlo Gebler, Irish Times
'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'. --James Dellingpole, Mail on Sunday
`Strangely delightful ... Dillon's book is constantly intelligent'
--Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday
--Kevin Jackson, Sunday Times
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'An amazing achievement in terms of prose style alone' Daily Telegraph
'Moving and beautifully observed' Scotland on Sunday
'Remarkable' Time Out
'Arrestingly intelligent and freshly coloured ... [Dillon] is a born writer' Irish Independent
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Right from the introduction, I was taken by the, at times unnerving, clarity in the way Mr Dillon writes about the experiences of bodily function that trigger whispering anxiety in the mind. All through the book there is an almost forensic attention in the writing; not a single word is wasted. The piecing together of the stories from letters, journals etc, makes this more than a descriptive history; instead it lays out the development of the webs of anxiety and maladaptive thinking and, interestingly, what turn out to be quite adaptive, or at least productive coping. Thankfully it doesn't go down the road of outsider art cliches! Humanity, with a steady eye, is the feel I get from this book.
I'm now off to by his previous book - In the Dark Room!