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  • I am a huge admirer of Julia's work

    Elizabeth Day
  • Engrossing, generous . . . excellent advice worth a whole shelf of textbooks

    Bel Mooney, Daily Mail
  • Full of nuggets of wisdom

    Jackie Annesley, Sunday Times
  • An essential, clever and kind book that reminds us that we can never hope to understand ourselves without deeply understanding our families. A testament to the ongoing relevance of psychotherapy and to Julia Samuel's preeminent skill as an author and therapist

    Alain de Botton
  • Julia Samuel is so wise and compassionate. I love every word she writes and long for every reader - every person - to experience her unique and generous way of being in the world

    Cathy Rentzenbrink
  • Julia Samuel brings her characteristic warmth, compassion and wisdom to the vital matter of how families function. She writes with unfailing grace, tenderness and consummate story-telling. Everyone who reads this will learn something profound - about themselves, their origins and the people they love most dearly

    Dr Rachel Clarke
  • Julia Samuel offers us vivid insights into the way family structure, stories and experience exert their influence across generations. Here is a book for all families, where we can appreciate our own family's strengths and take courage to explore our hurts. The issues are so vibrantly explored that I was utterly drawn in. This is a book about love: a superpower when we use it wisely and well

    Kathryn Mannix
  • Fascinating... Julia Samuel's compassionate work never fails to inform, comfort and make me think

    Pandora Sykes
  • This book is wonderful, wise and empathetic, so useful but also so beautifully written... what I found really interesting is the sense of reciprocity, how Julia is engaged in the process of working with clients, changed by them and their stories, as we are by reading about them. Every family should have one, to consult in times of trouble

    Gavanndra Hodge
  • The families Julia Samuel works with in her moving and fiercely honest book are just like all of us: flawed, paradoxical, difficult and somehow loveable. Her writing is honest, heartfelt and wise... over and over she extracts the extraordinary from people who didn't know they had it in them. I am grateful to have found her writing

    Raffaella Barker

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