Tormented Hope: Nine Hypochondriac Lives
Brian Dillon looks at nine prominent hypochondriacs - James Boswell, Charlotte Brontë, Charles Darwin, Florence Nightingale, Daniel Paul Schreber, Alice James, Marcel Proust, Glenn Gould and Andy Warhol - and what their lives tell us about the way the mind works with, and against, the body. His findings are stimulating and surprising, and the stories he tells are often moving, sometimes hilarious, and always gripping. With a new afterword on Michael Jackson.
'It's so good that, after reading it, I needed a lie-down' - Hilary Mantel, Guardian Books of the Year