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Author: Tanya Byron Narrator: Imogen Church Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2015 ISBN: 9781427259813
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The gripping, unforgettable, and deeply affecting story of a young clinical psychologist learning how she can best help her patients, The Skeleton Cupboard is a riveting and revealing memoir that offers fascinating insight into the human mind.

In The Skeleton Cupboard, Professor Tanya Byron recounts the stories of the patients who most influenced her career as a mental health practitioner. Spanning her years of training-years in which Byron was forced her to contend with the harsh realities of the lives of her patients and confront a dark moment in her own family's past-The Skeleton Cupboard is a compelling and compassionate account of how much health practitioners can learn from those they treat. Among others, we meet Ray, a violent sociopath desperate to be shown tenderness and compassion; Mollie, a talented teenager intent on starving herself; and Imogen, a twelve-year old so haunted by a secret that she's intent on killing herself. Byron brings the reader along as she uncovers the reasons each of these individuals behave the way they do, resulting in a thrilling, compulsively readable psychological mystery that sheds light on mental illness and what its treatment tells us about ourselves.

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  • The Skeleton Cupboard is an engaging and compelling account of the training years of a clinical psychologist, Tanya Byron. In beautiful language, Byron tells the stories of several challenging patients, including a violent man, a severely anorexic girl, and a man dying of AIDS. She reveals her own concerns and struggles as she narrates others' stories, and focuses on these in her supervisory sessions with her brilliant yet difficult supervisor. She shows psychology at its best, really connecting with and helping its patients, while remaining mindful of the limitations that therapists necessarily have. In narrating these stories, Byron gives a window into the mind of her patients as well as her own mind. We come to understand, to sympathize, and to care. Elyn R. Saks, Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California and author of The Center Cannot Hold"

  • Moving and thought-provoking The Sunday Times (UK)
  • Tanya Byron is a formidable writer. Her powerful stories from the front lines of clinical psychology will stay with me forever. Dr Brian Goldman, Emergency Physician and author, The Secret Language of Doctors

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About the Author

Professor Tanya Byron is a clinical psychologist, specializing in working with children and adolescents, with twenty years’ experience. She is also a journalist, author and broadcaster. Her TV presenting and on-screen expert credits include the BBC series Little Angels and The House of Tiny Tearaways and Bedtime Live for Channel 4. She writes a weekly column for the Times and a monthly column for Good Housekeeping and is a BBC Radio 4 presenter, contributing to a range of programes. Collaborating with Jennfier Saunders she cowrote the popular BBC comedy series The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle. Tanya advises on international policy relating to children, young people, mental health and education, and is currently working in China to develop services for children, young people and their families. She is President of the teenage mental health charity Mindfull, a patron of Relate, and an ambassador of the National Family and Parenting Institute.

About the Narrator

Imogen Church, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, trained as an actress at the Drama Centre London, under Christopher Fettes, Yat Malmgren, and Reuven Adiv. Since graduating, she has worked extensively in theater, film, commercials, and comedy sketch work, and she also works regularly as a voice artist. As a screenwriter, her first screenplay won the 2009 award for Best Feature Screenplay at the Reel Women Film Festival in Los Angeles.