In this absorbing and provocative new book from one of Britain's most elegant and original prose stylists, psychoanalyst Adam Phillips addresses a variety of urgent concerns - many centred around the idea of balance.
When might we know that enough is enough? Does the road of excess ever lead to the palace of wisdom? What is the role of the parent, the teacher and of psychoanalysis itself in the development of children's minds? Should we be happy, or is there something better we can be? And what can we learn from the tales of Jack and the Beanstalk or Cinderella?
With his trademark combination of open-minded enquiry and exhilarating argument, drawing primarily on the twin worlds of literature and psychoanalysis, Adam Phillips will delight readers old and new in this much anticipated new book.
Phillips is a wonderful writer, his prose limpid and exact, and this is a deep and stimulating book
Intriguing and radical questions about the vital information strong responses and desires provide, and how we might use this to identify what we want
His writing is a lively source of provocation, repetition, self-renewal.
Phillips radiates infectious charm