The Optimist's/Pessimist's Handbook

The Optimist's/Pessimist's Handbook : A companion to hope and despair

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Are optimists just reckless dreamers? Are pessimists miserable doom-mongers or just erring on the side of caution? Is the glass half empty or half full? Brilliantly compiled and beautifully written, this is a rich anthology of evidence from both sides of any argument. Covering everything from Beauty to Happiness, Patriotism to Walking, it is the perfect tool for squabbling families, a counterbalance for arguing couples and a mine of detail for the quarrelsome. The Optimist on the Afterlife: 'My heaven will be filled with wonderful young men and dukes' (Dame Barbara Cartland). And the Pessimist: 'That's what Hell will be like, small chat to the babbling of Lethe about the good old days when we wished we were dead' (Samuel Beckett).show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 21mm | 230g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552776114
  • 9780552776110
  • 1,090,298

About Niall Edworthy

Niall Edworthy is is the author of The Curious Gardener's Almanac and eighteen previous books under a variety of guises and noms de plume, covering military history, biography, sport, general humour and gardening. He lives in West Sussex with his wife and two children. Petra Cramsie worked as an editor for puzzle magazines, then as a writer/researcher making documentaries for TV, and then as an editor at Allison and Busby. After leaving London, she studied for degrees in Human Ecology (which taught her to be pessimistic), and Philosophy (which taught her how to be, if not optimistic, then at least philosophical). She lives in Herefordshire with her family.show more

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"A compendium of enlightening snippets ... Just looking at the quirky cover made me wonder if the book had been shelved in the Hogwarts' library ... worth the book's price for anyone tasked with running positive school assemblies. I hadn't met all the quotes before and the information was entertaining." www.thebookbag.co.ukshow more

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THE PESSIMIST'S HANDBOOK A companion to despair Niall Edworthy and Petra Cramsieshow more

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"A compendium of enlightening snippets . . . Just looking at the quirky cover made me wonder if the book had been shelved in the Hogwarts' library . . . worth the book's price for anyone tasked with running positive school assemblies. I hadn't met all the quotes before and the information was entertaining."show more

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