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23 May 2015

9:00 AM

23 May 2015

9:00 AM

The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life Sheldon Solomon, Jeff Greenberg and Tom Pyszczynski

Allen Lane, pp.229, £20, ISBN: 9780241217252

This is not a book to be read in solitude. Not for the obvious reason that it’s frightening, but because every few lines some fascinating or unexpected fact forces you to exclaim: ‘Blimey! Listen to this …’

The three authors are American psychology professors. As young academics they were much influenced by the work of the anthropologist Ernest Becker, whose final book, The Denial of Death, won the 1974 Pulitzer Prize.

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