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Publisher Description


This book is about learning to live.

Echoing Socrates’ statement that the unexamined life not worth living, psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz draws on his twenty-five years of work and more than 50,000 hours of conversations to form a collection of beautifully rendered tales that illuminate the human experience.

These are stories about everyday lives: from a woman who finds herself daydreaming as she returns home from a business trip to a young man loses his wallet, to the more extreme examples: the patient who points an unloaded gun at a police officer and the compulsive liar who convinces his wife he's dying of cancer. The resulting journey will spark new ideas about who we are and why we do what we do.

‘This moving book will make the reader think of Freud’s keenly observed and literary-minded case studies…piercing chapters that read like a combination of Chekhov and Oliver Sacks’ New York Times

‘Grosz is a superb storyteller and tells lots of his patients' stories with sensitivity, but also with great acuity. You might keep thinking you recognise things about people you know’ Evening Standard.

Fiction & Literature
January 3
Random House

Customer Reviews

KateZik ,

Compelling, moving and elegantly written

A thrilling insight into this profession. Truly gripping but respectful of the clients. Filled me with wonder, tears, laughter and hope. I loved this book and would thoroughly recommend it.

E1W1ND ,

Viv Lawrence

This calm understated book is full of gentle wisdom that comes from just being able to listen.

Deloushi ,


This book is filled with complicated problems people face everyday, and it's in the authors solutions that suddenly the book comes alive. His suggestions are simple and known but they're often unsaid. He looks at things from a different light and sheds lights on areas we often neglect. Reading this book is like having your own therapy through the stories. It's the best book I've read in a long time.

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