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The opposite of a self-help book

Francis O’Gorman’s Worrying: A Literary and Cultural Guide finds not much hope for the human race — but at least worriers, being sensitive to others, apparently make good team mates

25 July 2015

9:00 AM

25 July 2015

9:00 AM

Worrying: A Literary and Cultural History Francis O’Gorman

Bloomsbury, pp.192, £14, ISBN: 9781441151292

At last, a snappy pop philosophy book which offers to sort out absolutely none of your personal issues. If anything, it will make them worse. ‘There are,’ Francis O’Gorman admits, ‘serious problems for me with the ethics of writing on worry.’ Since words are the very stuff of worry, O’Gorman (himself a worrier) suspects that reading is unlikely to provide a cure.

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