Acclaimed psychotherapist Julia Samuel provides a valuable and insightful guide to surviving modern life and the perspectives on the self. If change is the natural order of things, why do we struggle with the inevitable nature of change particularly at significant milestones in our lives? In this Sunday Times bestseller, Julia draws on hours of conversations with her patients by presenting case studies to show how we can learn to adapt and even thrive during our most difficult and transformative experiences. A remarkable book that looks at the hard times unflinchingly. Illuminated by the latest social and psychological research, these powerful, unforgettable and deeply intimate stories about everyday people help us to accept change and tackle it in a different way ensuring that we take control of our own response to change and improve the way we approach challenges at every stage of life.
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'Essential, clever and kind' Alain de Botton 'I am a huge admirer of Julia's work' Elizabeth Day ______________________ Why do some families thrive in adversity while others fragment? How can families weather difficult transitions together? Why do our families drive us mad? And how can even small changes greatly improve our relationships? In Every Family Has a Story, bestselling psychotherapist Julia Samuel turns from her acclaimed work with individuals to draw on her sessions with a wide variety of families, across multiple generations. Through eight beautifully told and insightful case studies, she analyses a range of common issues, from loss to leaving home, and from separation to step-relationships, and shows how much is, in fact, inherited -- and how much can be healed when it is faced together. Exploring the relationships that both touch us most and hurt us most, including the often under-appreciated impact of grandparents and siblings, and incorporating the latest academic research, she offers wisdom that is applicable to us all. Her twelve touchstones for family well-being -- from fighting productively to making time for rituals -- provide us with the tools to improve our relationships, and to create the families we wish for. This is a moving and reassuring meditation that, amid trauma and hardship, tells unforgettable stories of forgiveness, hope and love. ______________________ 'Everyone who reads this will learn something profound' Dr Rachel Clarke 'Offers vivid insights in a book for all families' Kathryn Mannix 'I love every word she writes' Cathy Rentzenbrink
*** Sunday Times Bestseller *** 'Fascinating. A wise and compassionate book full of insight and understanding that would help anyone experiencing grief, or those surrounding them' Cathy Rentzenbrink 'A wonderfully important and transforming book - lucid, consoling and wise' William Boyd ____________________________________________________________________ Grief Works is a compassionate guide that will inform and engage anyone who is grieving, from the 'expected' death of a parent to the sudden unexpected death of a small child, and provide clear advice for those seeking to comfort the bereaved. Julia Samuel guides you gently through her eight practical pillars of strength - that include the power of saying 'no' to the structure and building of good new habits - to support you and help you to gradually rebuild your life in the face of grief: With personal real-life stories of loss, and brilliantly accessible and practical advice, Grief Works will be passed down through generations as the definitive guide for anyone who has lost a loved one, and will revolutionise the way we talk about life, loss and death.
Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Grief Works, written and read by Julia Samuel. Death is the last taboo in our society, and grief is still profoundly misunderstood. So many of us feel awkward and uncertain around death, and shy away from talking honestly with family and friends. Grief Works is a compassionate guide that will inform and engage anyone who is grieving, from the expected death of a parent to the sudden unexpected death of a small child, and provide clear advice for those seeking to comfort the bereaved. With deeply moving case studies of real peoples stories of loss, and brilliantly accessible and practical advice,Grief Works will be passed down through generations as the definitive guide for anyone who has lost a loved one, and revolutionise the way we talk about life, loss and death.