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Book Review: Worrying: A Literary and Cultural History by Francis O’Gorman

By Serena Kutchinsky  

unnamed (6)Worrying: A Literary and Cultural History by Francis O’Gorman (Bloomsbury, £20)

What is the definition of worry? This malaise has over the centuries been the constant companion of many active, and sometimes overactive, minds. Most of us have fallen into its fretful clutches at various junctures: the sleepless night before a job interview, the panic-stricken dash home to turn off an imaginary fire hazard. But what does it really mean to worry and what does its assimilation into our lives tell us about the world we live in?

This study by Francis O’Gorman,…

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