Who Is It That Can Tell Me Who I Am?

Jane Haynes

Who Is It That Can Tell Me Who I Am?

In this searingly honest memoir, Jane Haynes recalls to her psychotherapist her extraordinary story. Having overcome her strange childhood, overshadowed by her mother’s absence and father’s descent into madness, the real diagnosis of which the family concealed, she attempts, vividly but without sentimentality, to understand the construction of her own life. Now a psychotherapist in her own right, Haynes opens up her case files, which include a gifted young man on the cusp of a nervous breakdown; the middle-aged woman tormented by suicidal thoughts; the pornography addict, unable to connect emotionally with his girlfriend. Tragedy is brought home to her when her son-in-law is murdered. Her account powerfully demonstrates the resilience and life force of human nature. (With a foreword by Hilary Mantel.) 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
Who Is It That Can Tell Me Who I Am?

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Biography, Psychology & Psychiatry
Format Paperback
Pages 352
RRP £7.99
Date of Publication March 2009
ISBN 978-1845299729
Publisher Constable
 

In this searingly honest memoir, Jane Haynes recalls to her psychotherapist her extraordinary story. Having overcome her strange childhood, overshadowed by her mother’s absence and father’s descent into madness, the real diagnosis of which the family concealed, she attempts, vividly but without sentimentality, to understand the construction of her own life. Now a psychotherapist in her own right, Haynes opens up her case files, which include a gifted young man on the cusp of a nervous breakdown; the middle-aged woman tormented by suicidal thoughts; the pornography addict, unable to connect emotionally with his girlfriend. Tragedy is brought home to her when her son-in-law is murdered. Her account powerfully demonstrates the resilience and life force of human nature. (With a foreword by Hilary Mantel.)

This book was first published by the author herself in 2007.

Read an interview with her on the Guardian website

Reviews

The New Statesman

Laura Tennant

Haynes is a fluent and natural writer, though her efforts to be absolutely true to the complexity of the experiences she recounts lead to the occasional verbal and intellectual tongue-twister... Everywhere, however, there is acknowledgement not only that Haynes sometimes gets it wrong, but also that often when she gets it right it is when she is being her least rigorously analytical and her most fully human. And that is really the point of this book.

26/03/2009

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