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Brian Dillon was born in Dublin in 1969. He writes on the arts, books and culture for a number of publications. His first book, In the Dark Room, won the Irish Book Award for Non-fiction in 2006. He lives in Canterbury.


It's so good that, after reading it, I needed a lie-down. -- Hilary Mantel * Guardian Books of the Year *
A brilliant series of portraits * Observer *
Fascinating ... Written with great elegance and shrewd understanding -- William Boyd * Guardian Books of the Year *
Illuminating, humane and beautiful * Independent *
Ingenious and intriguing * Guardian *
Brian Dillon is a superbly careful writer. ... [This book] will delight, move and horrify any of the millions of us who, like the late Spike Milligan, have at one time or another contemplated having "I told you I was ill" inscribed on our gravestones. -- Sam Leith * Daily Mail *
A mini-masterpiece -- Louise Carpenter * Observer *
Excellent * Sunday Times *
Strangely delightful ... Dillon's book is constantly intelligent * Scotland on Sunday *
You don't need to be a hypochondriac to enjoy this series of discursive, insightful essays that are full of quirky details and fascinating anecdotes * Mail on Sunday *
Illuminating -- Philip Hoare * Sunday Telegraph *
Eloquent and incisive -- Boyd Tonkin * Independent *
Dillon's mind is as interesting as those of the people he writes about ... bizarrely unputdownable -- Eileen Battersby * Irish Times *

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