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The 10 p.m. Question
  1. Katharine Harding⇑,
  2. Clinton Mitchell
  1. Department of Neurology, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Katharine Harding, Institute for Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF14 4XW, UK; katharineharding{at}doctors.org.uk

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Cardiff Neurology Book Club recently read The 10 p.m. Question, by Kate De Goldi.1 Despite being originally written for young adults, it proved a popular choice among our members, with several pertinent clinical learning points emerging from a lively discussion over dinner in a local restaurant. The book is set in New Zealand, and follows the main character of 12-year-old Frankie. Its title relates to Frankie’s habit of curling up in bed with his mother every night before bed and talking through anything that has worried him that day.

It turns out that Frankie is an anxious child, with certain rituals that he feels he must observe, for example, counting when under stress and taking a certain route to catch the school bus during which he must take particular actions. He also takes on a …

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