Every Family Has A Story

Julia Samuel


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Penguin Books Ltd
4 May 2023
ISBN: 9780241480632
320 pages

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'Essential, clever and kind' Alain de Botton

'I am a huge admirer of Julia's work' Elizabeth Day

In her bestselling follow-up to Grief Works and This Too Shall Pass, much-loved psychotherapist Julia Samuel invites us into her sessions as she explores the relationships that have the power to touch us and hurt us most: those with our family.

Through eight beautifully told case studies, covering a variety of families across multiple generations, she analyses common issues from losing a parent to children leaving home, and from separation to step-relationships. In doing so she shows how much is, in fact, inherited -- and how much can be healed when it is faced together.

Every Family Has A Story provides the tools that will help with this work of improving our relationships. Its twelve touchstones for family well-being show how to communicate effectively, set boundaries, fight productively and allow change.

This is a wise and insightful exploration of modern life that will help us create the families we wish for.

'Julia Samuel writes with unfailing grace, tenderness and consummate storytelling. Everyone who reads this will learn something profound' Rachel Clarke

'Julia Samuel offers vivid insights in a book for all families... I was utterly drawn in' Kathryn Mannix

'Fascinating... Julia Samuel's compassionate work never fails to inform, comfort and make me think' Pandora Sykes

'A wise and important book, full of insight into the pain and beauty at the heart of family life... I loved it' Clover Stroud

'Julia Samuel is so wise and compassionate. I love every word she writes' Cathy Rentzenbrink