Lise Hand: As we lurch from crisis to crisis there are still reasons to be less fearful

Soaring inflation, energy shortages, a climate emergency, Roe Vs Wade, war in Europe and a possible recession looming – just how do we deal with the pressures of now, asks Lise Hand

Firefighters contain a wildfire that encroached on nearby homes in the Shiregreen area of Sheffield on July 20, 2022 in Sheffield, England. Multiple fires broke out across Britain which experienced a record-breaking heatwave.

There’s a scene in Jane Austen’s ‘Persuasion’ - not the recent Netflix adaptation which is a complete dog’s dinner, but the original book - in which an autumn walk prompts the lovelorn heroine Anne Elliot to muse on the passage of time and on her doomed romance.

“Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and ...