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  • The most interestingly subversive meditation on modern life I have read for many years... Phillips ranges over a wide field, including reflections on Hamlet and the tyrannical power of conscience. Elegant, forceful and rich in insight, this is a book that can be read again and again

    New Statesman - Books of the Year 2015
  • [A] playfully digressive style... He is the finest living decipherer of affective life [and] the Bob Dylan of psychoanalysis

    Daily Telegraph
  • There is a lot of philosophy and psychoanalysis packed into these 200 pages

  • Adam Phillips is single-handedly continuing the tradition of the world's best essayists

  • Phillips radiates infectious charm

    Sunday Times
  • Publisher's description. Adam Phillips elegantly unfolds the concept of the 'unforbidden', from the Old Testament to Freud and beyond, exploring the philosophical, psychological and social complexities that govern human desire and shape our reality.


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