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The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz

A client recommended this to me. We were in London at the time, and so at the end of the session, being by the bookshops on Charing Cross Road, I popped in and bought a copy. And was engrossed. Love, laughter, lies, envy, hope, betrayal, sex, loss, changing – it’s all in here, told through real stories of Stephen working with clients during his many years as a psychoanalyst. It gives wonderful insights into the world of human experience, and the experience of being the listener and therapist.

Whilst I’m not in the medical profession, the responsibility that comes with being the listener and the asker of questions really resonated with me. As did possibly too many of the client’s stories. There were quite a few ‘Ahhh, that’s me’, and a few ‘Ahhh, that’s them’ as I justified how I felt about others and their behaviours. It was warming to read of some of Stephen’s own doubts, joys and not-knowings. If you’re interested by what it is to be human, and you are prepared to see this as a mirror as well as a window, you’ll probably love it as much as I did.

By |March 15th, 2013|Book reviews|Comments Off on The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz

My Animals and other Family by Clare Balding

You probably won’t believe this but just setting up to write about this I decided to put some music on; an internet radio station; Think Floyd, and immediately, now playing, is Dogs, from their (Pink Floyd) Animals album, this recording apparently ‘Live in Oakland, 1977’. Weird coincidence.

So this is exactly what it says on the tin – a book about animals, and family. Clare grew up at a horse training stables, and tells of her life through relationships with her animals, and what was going on for her at the time those animals were in her life. For those perhaps outside the UK who do not know her, Clare is a TV sports presenter. Her fame rose rapidly during the BBC coverage of the 2012 Olympics, and then really entered the hearts of many when she co-presented the subsequent Paralympics for Channel 4 with Ade Adepitan, the wheelchair basketball player. It seems that as the 2 weeks of the Paralympics unfolded, she was profoundly moved, touched and inspired by what she saw and who she met. We were in the main stadium on the final Saturday and Clare had been invited from the TV studios to the stadium give out a medal – 80,000 people, many of whom you felt had a personal connection to disability as well as sport, rose as one. She had become ‘one of us’ and we welcomed her proudly. You could see she was very moved. And so were we. Good on her!

Anyway back to the book. It was an extraordinary life – with parents and grandparents seemingly having greater connection and understanding with their animals than with their children. And Clare in turn finding succour and safety in the […]

By |March 15th, 2013|Book reviews|Comments Off on My Animals and other Family by Clare Balding