Author(s): Theodore Dalrymple
What is the connection between God and East Sheen? How do you talk your way out of an Albanian jail? Why do dictators love to make comic books? How does a missed penalty-kick lead to a bloody war? Theodore Dalrymple, a psychiatrist who gives expert witness in murder cases, has a passion for sideways thinking. In The Pleasure of Thinking he takes us on a witty and erudite voyage along the hidden pathways that bring ideas together. At once light-hearted and enlightening, it is an amusing flight of the imagination in which we discover the happy accidents that befall those who remain endlessly curious.
Theodore Dalrymple writes for the Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Express, and writes psychological profiles of murderers for British courts. For over a decade he had a column in the Spectator (If Symptoms Persist) on his work as a prison doctor. His most recent books include Spoilt Rotten and Litter. He lives near Birmingham.
Small Beginnings 1. Suburban Son 2. Artful Sincerity 3. Enemy of the People 4. The Glow of Angels 5. Mrs Buggins 6. How to Be Colour Blind 7. But Is It Safe? 8. Good People and Stuff 9. Free Hands 10. Pools Full of Water 11. Glaring Light 12. A White Van 13. The Present State 14. Scaling the Revolution 15. Discounted Souls 16. Carting Harlots 17. The Fight Against Absurdity 18. Darling Passions 19. Comic Dictators 20. Positive Thinking 21. Bohemians & Foreigners 22. Dirty Words 23. Stealing Time 24. An Overdose of Growing Up 25. Arsenic and Raspberries 26. Heaven and Hell 27. Scalp Hunting 28. False Economies 29. Hair-Combing Pedants 30. Magical Thinking 31. Self-Satisfaction 32. Self-Improvement 33. Room Furnishing