Tormented hope nine hypochondriac lives by brian dillon 320pp penguin 1899 charles darwin suffered from terrible flatulence varying from slight to considerable baddish sharp and on bad days excessive. Cassandra jardine examines tormented hope by brian dillon a history of hypochondria that encompasses charlotte bront andy warhol and michael jackson. The nine lives of the title include charlotte bronte charles darwin florence nightingale and andy warhol determined hypochondriacs yet all were exceptionally productive writes sam leith. Tormented hope is a book about mind and body fear and hope illness and imagination it explores in the stories of nine individuals the relationship between mind and body as it is mediated by the experience or simply the terror of being ill. What is going on in there hilary mantel tormented hope nine hypochondriac lives by brian dillon 277 pp 1899 september 2009 isbn 978 1 84488 134 5
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