Blending memoir, self-help and science, and offering practical help, Tim Clare asks us to rethink anxiety
After a decade of living with panic attacks and anxiety, Tim Clare made a promise to himself – he would try everything he could to get better, every method and medicine.
His year of treatments took him from anti-depressants to hypnosis, running to extreme diets, ice baths to faecal transplants. At the end of it he discovers what helps him (and what doesn’t), and what might help others. Most of all, he comes to rethink anxiety and encourages all of us to do the same.
“A clever blend of memoir, science and useful advice … what really resonates is his honest account of his own panic attacks and what it is like to try to come off sertraline … a brave and moving book – one that offers lots of practical help”
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“This is the best book I’ve ever read on anxiety, health and being an anxious person on this planet … [a] gift of a book”
“Fascinating, thought-provoking, vulnerable and generous, Coward is an important book. I wish everyone would read it”
“It’s a meditation on the science and purpose of anxiety, its function and the disability it causes. It’s reassuring and funny in equal measure”
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“A rigorous, sceptical and jolly account of anxiety, its causes, and how it might be cured”
Tim Clare is an award-winning writer, poet and creative-writing podcaster. He is the author of We Can’t All Be Astronauts and the novels The Honours and The Ice House. He has performed his work at festivals and clubs across the world, on BBC TV and radio. Tim has also written for the Guardian, Times, Independent and Big Issue, and presents the creative-writing podcast Death Of 1,000 Cuts.
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