Joe Moran, Professor of English and Cultural History at LJMU, has published his fourth book: Shrinking Violets: A Field Guide to Shyness (Profile Books). It is a literary, cultural and historical reflection on what Charles Darwin called “this odd state of mind”: shyness. Since then, Joe’s latest work has been read, discussed and praised across the media, and across the world. The Guardian review called Shrinking Violets ‘fantastic and involving’, the Daily Mail deemed it ‘nimble’ (!), the Herald loved its ‘illuminating stories gathered from across the world’, and the Spectator its ‘beautiful descriptions of the anguish of the shy’.
At the start of September Shrinking Violets was BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, read by Nigel Planer. Joe himself has been hard at work promoting his book: and all while never missing a lecture or seminar! He appeared on the BBC Radio 4 programme Thinking Allowed, in discussion with Laurie Taylor and the sociologist of shyness Susie Scott. He also appeared on The Forum on the BBC World Service, discussing shyness and introversion with the psychologist Professor Louis Schmidt and the behavioural scientist Dr Sanna Balsari-Palsule.
Joe has also been interviewed about shyness for the BBC World News television channel, the Irish radio station Newstalk, RTÉ Radio 2 and radio stations in Cape Town and Montreal. He has published articles/essays based on the book in the Guardian, the Independent and the Radio Times.
A revised American edition of Shrinking Violets will be published next spring by Yale University Press. Joe is bracing himself for the inevitable publicity!