The Society of Timid Souls Or, How to be Brave

by Polly Morland

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The Society of Timid Souls Or, How to be Brave Synopsis

 Coinciding with the terrifying height of World War Two, it was called The Society of Timid Souls. Seventy years later, as fear about everything from terrorism to economic meltdown has become part of our daily lives, Polly Morland reconvenes the society, setting out to discover what it means to be brave in an age of anxiety. Her journey - and this book - is full of amazing people and surprising ideas. It explores how and why people are brave, from battlefield to hospital ward, circus tightrope to suburban street, disaster zone to political protest. It throws light on some of the myths and lies that surround our favourite virtue. And most of all, it asks, can we learn to be brave?

The Society of Timid Souls Or, How to be Brave Press Reviews

Morland's philosophical, extremely well-written book suggests that while some people are obviously wired to relish dangerous lives, the timid rest of us may be braver than we think -  Daily Mail


Compelling ... an appealing and original account of one of the greatest human virtues, full of powerful stories. It leaves you hopeful  - Sunday Times


Morland approaches her subject with energy, tenacious curiosity and, however much she may protest that she is lily-livered, courage ... a bracing, moving and uncommon book Observer An eccentric, hugely likeable debut -- John O'Connell The Times

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ISBN: 9781846685149
Publication date: 15/05/2014
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781781251904
Publication date: 25/04/2013
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781846685149
Publication date: 15th May 2014
Author: Polly Morland
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, History,
Categories: Popular psychology, Social & cultural history,

About Polly Morland

During fifteen years as a documentary-maker, Polly Morland worked as producer/director for the BBC and Channel Four, as well as for PBS and the Discovery Channel. Subjects she tackled included: the investigation of war crimes in the former Yugoslavia, the reclusion of J.D. Salinger, the conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11, the economics of organised crime, the archaeology of ancient Britain, the rise of political terror groups in Europe and Latin America and a controversial history of the Bible. In a moment of courage, Morland left her job to write this book. She was awarded a Royal Society of Literature Jerwood ...

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