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Are optimists just reckless dreamers? Are pessimists miserable doom-mongers or just erring on the side of caution? This book covers things from Africa to Beauty, Happiness to Patriotism to Walking, it is a tool for squabbling families, a counterbalance for arguing couples and a mine of detail for the quarrelsome.
Niall Edworthy is is the author of The Curious Gardener's Almanac and eighteen previous books under a variety of guises and noms de plume, covering military history, biography, sport, general humour and gardening. He lives in West Sussex with his wife and two children. 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.