My friend Han, who is also in the throes of dissertation despair, reminded me earlier about this wonderful, fabulous, simply brilliant book.
Have you sussed that I think it's a good 'un?
I've decided that after the diss. is done [please God, please let it be done!] I'm going to go back to revisit this book and then follow it up with 'World Without End'... sitting on the beach, drinking ginger beer, sampling a small smackerel of chocolate and not being anywhere near university for a week!
Sounds like a plan.