Shrunk: And Other Stories ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Laura Bamber

Shrunk: And Other Stories

Publication date: July 2016
ISBN: 9780992897277
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Meet Oliver Black, fifty-something professor of philosophy and burnt-out corporate lawyer – a man prone to surreal predicaments, as when he is mistaken for Baby Jesus, sexually assaulted by a tortoise, or forced to hide his underpants beneath an attic floorboard. Freely admitting to being London’s leading hypochondriac, he is anxious about everything from the mercury fillings in his teeth to an impending terrorist attack on the office block over the road. As no therapist in the land can possibly help him, he leans on his wife Fluffy, who is fortunately not at all as her nickname might suggest. She sees off the youths who vandalise her motor scooter, out-swears the skinhead driver of a white van, and masterminds a DIY funeral for Oliver’s mother, getting a friendly Polish builder to run up a coffin.

Shrunk is a deliciously funny picture of a life not well lived. Black’s scabrous and acerbic view of the world may not be to everyone’s taste, but it has the horrid ring of truth. At least as he sees it...

'Shrunk is hilarious and unsettling by turns. “Black humour” now has a new meaning.’ Giles Fraser, The Guardian

‘Oliver Black is the Wittgenstein of worrying. This book will change your life – and not necessarily for the better.’ Robert Cottrell, The Browser

'Oliver Black's tales of a turbulent life are frank, fearless and extremely funny. Our readers have loved them.' Niall Boyce, Editor, The Lancet Psychiatry

'Shrunk is a page-turner that made me laugh out loud on every page. It is a hilarious commentary on life's absurdities. The self-mocking account of a hypochondriac and his therapists introduces stories spiced with sexual fantasy and gallows humour. You will love this treat.' Lord Lester of Herne Hill, QC

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