Reviews

  • "I was enthralled… profound and moving, packed large ideas into a slim volume"

    Lucy Lethbridge, Observer Books of the Year
  • "With deceptive simplicity and gentle wisdom, Grosz teases out a lesson or chases down a fugitive insight. I have distrusted psychoanalysis for years, but I would leap onto Grosz’s couch"

    James McConnachie, The Sunday Times Books of the Year
  • "This moving book of patient portraits by the psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz will make the reader think of Freud’s keenly observed and literary-minded case studies. Writing with sympathy and insight, Mr Grosz distils 25 years of work into a series of slim, piercing chapters that read like a combination of Chekhov and Oliver Sacks"

    Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
  • "The success of The Examined Life by the psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz has, I think, relatively little to do with his clinical know-how; it rests, as Freud's did, on his story-telling abilities"

    Rachel Cooke, Observer
  • "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"

    William Leith, Evening Standard

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