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Dr. Gwen Adshead is a leading psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Alongside her continuing work at Broadmoor Hospital as a Consultant Forensic Psychotherapist, where she runs psychotherapuetic groups for offenders, she also works in a medium secure unit in Hampshire. She has published a number of academic books and over one hundred papers. She was honoured with the President's Medal for services to psychiatry in 2013.

Eileen Horne is an author, dramatist and former television producer. She has lectured widely at film festivals and universities across Europe, and is the author of several books.A fascinating window into criminal minds, suffused with compassion.
A SUNDAY TIMES, NEW STATESMAN & IRISH TIMES BOOK OF THE YEARThis is a mythbuster of a book - crammed with compelling, constructive, candid and compassionate insights into the criminal mind.On killing and other crimes - a forensic, gripping, extraordinary and ultimately enlightening insider's account of how and why it happens.An extraordinary book. Shocking, sad and absolutely fascinating.A fascinating, erudite and beautifully written deep-dive into the nature of evil. The Devil You Know makes the case for radical empathy and reminds us that all human beings are capable of darkness, and of light.Finding light in the deepest darkness, this book makes an invaluable and urgent case for improved mental health care and could forever change the way we think about violence and those who perpetrate it.Challenging but really important.A remarkable book; powerful, illuminating, humane, and suffused with extraordinary compassion.From one of the most distinguished and brilliant minds in psychiatry, The Devil You Know is an illuminating page-turner. I kept reading not out of a morbid or macabre fascination in these stories of extreme cruelty, but to understand the darker side of what it means to be human. Meticulous, elegant, provoking, this book is a profound act of social service. Clear-eyed and compassionate . . . a captivating journey through the corridors of Broadmoor hospital and beyond, into the prison system, the community and the consultation room . . . it is [Adshead's] constant and reassuring voice, a voice not hesitant to admit to its own occasional missteps and misjudgments, that makes the book so valuable and absorbing . . . Adshead's words are effortlessly readable and deeply moving . . . the most overwhelming feeling I had on finishing this book was of hope, not only for the patients but for the readers. Over the last 12 months we have all seen too much and therefore, perhaps, become blinded. This insightful, compassionate and fascinating book will help us to move away from our blindness and misconceptions and shine a light on the stories beyond the headlines - stories that desperately need to be heard.Literature lovers like me are fond of saying that reading promotes empathy; it feels true, though you might struggle to prove it. However, The Devil You Know by the forensic psychiatrist Gwen Adshead with Eileen Horne has permanently recalibrated my empathy dial. As she helps offenders understand and take responsibility for their actions in the wake of terrible crimes, Adshead quietly, humanely shows us that people remain people, despite their actions.Given the nature of the crimes, Adshead's compassion is almost as shocking as the offences themselves. But it gives her distance and extraordinary insight - not least into the nature of therapy, and of punishment.An extraordinary tour through the psyches of the criminally disturbed, every bit as discomfiting as it is fascinating . . . It is the humanity in the stories that makes [this] book so extraordinary.Laudably sagacious and temperate . . . brilliant . . . The book is a powerful myth buster. Name a stereotype about violent offenders and Adshead upends it.Adshead's warm intelligence, curiosity and nuanced understanding of her work inspire trust in what turns out to be an unmissable book . . . it is precisely her gift for empathy that offsets the desolation of much of what she describes . . . The Devil You Know is not a book of excuses. It persuades us that it is only through understanding why horrific crimes happen that mental health services and the judicial system can have any chance of being improved. This revelatory book encourages us to see that it is our responsibility to consider the worst of humanity - and of ourselves. And while we are at it, it urges us to hang on to Adshead's most powerful imperative: "the duty of hope".Adshead's new book - The Devil You Know: Stories of Human Cruelty and Compassion, a memoir comprised of chilling case notes - leaves the reader with a nuanced, subtle understanding of "evil" . . . Adshead has a literary soul . . . This affinity for language explains Adshead's gift as a psychiatrist.THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

A SUNDAY TIMES, NEW STATESMAN & IRISH TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR
SHORTLISTED FOR THE CRIME WRITERS ASSOCIATION GOLD DAGGER FOR NON-FICTION

A perspective-shattering work into the minds of violent criminals that reveals profound consequences for human nature and society at large.

'Brilliant . . . The book is a powerful myth buster. Name a sterotype about violent offenders and Adshead upends it.'
SUNDAY TIMES

'Deeply moving . . . the most overwhelming feeling I had on finishing this book was of hope . . . Compassionate and fascinating.'
GUARDIAN

Dr Gwen Adshead is one of Britain's leading forensic psychiatrists. She treats serial killers, arsonists, stalkers, gang members and other individuals who are usually labelled 'monsters'. Whatever their crime, she listens to their stories and helps them to better understand their terrible acts of violence. Here Adshead invites the reader to step with her into the room to meet twelve patients and discover how minds can change. These men and women are revealed in all their complexity and shared humanity. Their stories make a powerful case for rehabilitation over revenge, compassion over condemnation. The Devil You Know will challenge everything you thought you knew about human nature.

'An unmissable book.' OBSERVER

'Adshead's compassion is almost as shocking as the offences themselves . . . it gives her distance and extraordinary insight.'
THE TIMES, Books of the Year

'The Devil You Know has permanently recalibrated my empathy dial.'
NEW STATESMAN, Books of the Year

'Deeply humane.'
IRISH TIMES, Books of the Year

'Exceptional.' VAL McDERMID
'Extraodinary.' SEBASTIAN FAULKS
'Gripping . . . ultimately enlightening.' PHILIPPE SANDS
'Fascinating and beautifully written.' CHRISTIE WATSONA SUNDAY TIMES, NEW STATESMAN & IRISH TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR
SHORTLISTED FOR THE CRIME WRITERS ASSOCIATION GOLD DAGGER FOR NON-FICTION

A perspective-shattering work into the minds of violent criminals that reveals profound consequences for human nature and society at large.

*INCLUDES A NEW CHAPTER*

'Brilliant . . . The book is a powerful myth buster. Name a sterotype about violent offenders and Adshead upends it.'
SUNDAY TIMES

'Deeply moving . . . the most overwhelming feeling I had on finishing this book was of hope . . . Compassionate and fascinating.'
GUARDIAN

Dr Gwen Adshead is one of Britain's leading forensic psychiatrists. She treats serial killers, arsonists, stalkers, gang members and other individuals who are usually labelled 'monsters'. Whatever their crime, she listens to their stories and helps them to better understand their terrible acts of violence. Here Adshead invites the reader to step with her into the room to meet twelve patients and discover how minds can change. These men and women are revealed in all their complexity and shared humanity. Their stories make a powerful case for rehabilitation over revenge, compassion over condemnation. The Devil You Know will challenge everything you thought you knew about human nature.

'An unmissable book.' OBSERVER

'Adshead's compassion is almost as shocking as the offences themselves . . . it gives her distance and extraordinary insight.'
THE TIMES, Books of the Year

'The Devil You Know has permanently recalibrated my empathy dial.'
NEW STATESMAN, Books of the Year

'Deeply humane.'
IRISH TIMES, Books of the Year

'Exceptional.' VAL McDERMID
'Extraodinary.' SEBASTIAN FAULKS
'Gripping . . . ultimately enlightening.' PHILIPPE SANDS
'Fascinating and beautifully written.' CHRISTIE WATSON

Product Details

Title: TheDevil You Know
Author: Gwen AdsheadEileen Horne
SKU: BK0453358
EAN: 9780571357611
Language: English

About Author

Dr. Gwen Adshead is a leading psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Alongside her continuing work at Broadmoor Hospital as a Consultant Forensic Psychotherapist, where she runs psychotherapuetic groups for offenders, she also works in a medium secure unit in Hampshire. Her first trade book, The Devil You Know, was published by Faber & Faber in 2021 and was co-written with Eileen Horne. She has published a number of academic books and over one hundred papers. She was honoured with the President's Medal for services to psychiatry in 2013.Eileen Horne is a writer and dramatist. She worked for twenty years as a television drama producer before gaining an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths College in 2012. She has been an editor, media lecturer and translator, and is the author of two non-fiction books and the scriptwriter of numerous BBC radio dramas.

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