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  • Published: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446422267
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

The Optimist's/Pessimist's Handbook

A companion to hope and despair

The very first feel good/feel bad handbook, providing both inspiration and antidote with quotations, proverbs, statistics and diary extracts.

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)

  • Pub date: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446422267
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the Authors

Niall Edworthy

Writing under a variety of nom de plumes, Niall Edworthy has written over a dozen books covering a wide range of subjects from military history, biography and outdoor survival to general humour and sport.

Petra Cramsie

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.

Praise for The Optimist's/Pessimist's Handbook

“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.”


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