The Examined Life Stephen Grosz
‘This book is about our desire to talk, to understand and be understood. It’s about listening to each other, not just the words but the gaps in between. What I’m describing here isn’t a magical process. It’s something that is a part of our everyday lives – we tap, we listen.’
The Course Of Love Alain de Botton
‘From the first thrill of lust, to the joys and fears of real commitment, to the deep problems that surface slowly over two shared lifetimes, this is the story of a marriage. It is the story of modern relationships and how to survive them’.
Creatures of a Day Irvin D Yalom
‘A collection of stories by renowned psychiatrist Irvin D. Yalom who describes his patients' struggles, as well as his own, to come to terms with the two great challenges of existence: how to have a meaningful life, and how to reckon with its inevitable end’.
Feeling Like Crap Nick Luxmore
'This book explores how a young person’s self is constructed and what might really help that self to feel more valued and confident. Through accounts of his individual and group work with young people, Nick Luxmore demonstrates how listening to, engaging with and being respectful of young people can provide the support they need to help them repair their sense of self and offer them new possibilities and directions in life’.
Shattered Lives Camila Batmanghelidjh
'This book portrays the compassion and determination needed to provide the social and therapeutic experiences which can transform the lives of the children whom society has rejected. Camila Batmanghelidjh has a rare gift for helping the reader to feel empathy with the challenging behaviours and complex survival strategies that very traumatised children often develop, and for explaining the neurobiology and developmental psychology that underpins her therapeutic practice'.
The Primal Wound Nancy Verrier
‘This is a book which will revolutionize the way we think about adoption. In its application of information about pre-and perinatal psychology, attachment, bonding and loss, it clarifies the effects of separation from the birthmother on adopted children. In addition, it gives those children, whose pain has long been unacknowledged or misunderstood, validation of their feelings, as well as explanations for their behaviour’.
The Reason I Jump Naoki Higashida
Introduced by David Mitchell
‘One boy’s voice from the silence of autism’.
‘Having learnt to use a method of communication based on an alphabet grid, Naoki wrote ‘The Reason I Jump’ when he was thirteen and it was published in Japan in 2007. Despite his communication challenges, he also gives presentations about life on the autistic spectrum throughout Japan and works to raise awareness about autism’.