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The Devil You Know

Eileen Horne

From a pioneering psychiatrist and psychotherapist comes The Devil You Know, a perspective-shattering work into the minds of violent criminals which reveals profound consequences for human nature and society at large.

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£16.99
Format
Hardback
ISBN
9780571357604
Date Published
03.06.2021
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Summary

A NEW STATESMAN, THE TIMES, IRISH TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR

‘Exceptional.’ VAL McDERMID
‘Extraordinary.’ SEBASTIAN FAULKS
‘Gripping . . . ultimately enlightening.’ PHILIPPE SANDS
‘Fascinating, erudite and beautifully written.’ CHRISTIE WATSON

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

A BBC RADIO 4 and OBSERVER BOOK OF THE WEEK

‘Deeply moving.’ JOANNA CANNON, GUARDIAN
‘Brilliant . . . a powerful myth buster.’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘Unmissable.’ OBSERVER
‘Shocking and unflinching.’ i
‘Compulsive reading.’ MIRROR

Serial homicide. Stalking. Arson. Gang crime. Who are the people behind these acts of terrible violence? What are their stories? And what is it like to sit opposite them?

Dr Gwen Adshead is one of Britain’s leading forensic psychologists. She has spent over thirty years providing therapy inside secure hospitals and prisons for violent offenders. Whatever her patient’s crime – serial homicide, stalking, arson – she helps them to better know their minds. Case by case, she takes the reader into the treatment room and reveals the complex and vulnerable humans behind these acts of terrible violence. These are stories of cruelty and despair, but also change and hope. The Devil You Know speaks to our shared humanity and makes the case for compassion over condemnation, empathy over fear.

‘A fascinating and deeply humane account of her work with people who have committed violent crime.’
MARK O’CONNELL, IRISH TIMES (Books of the Year)

‘[The Devil You Know] has permanently recalibrated my empathy dial . . . Adshead quietly, humanely shows us that people remain people, despite their actions.’
MELISSA HARRISON, NEW STATESMAN (Books of the Year)

‘Urgent and invaluable.’ DAVID LAMMY
‘Remarkable . . . suffused with extraordinary compassion.’ GAVIN FRANCIS
‘Compelling . . . stories don’t come any richer.’ SARAH DUNANT
‘Meticulous, elegant, provoking.’ MARINA CANTACUZINO

Critic Reviews

This is a mythbuster of a book – crammed with compelling, constructive, candid and compassionate insights into the criminal mind.

Val McDermid
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On killing and other crimes - a forensic, gripping, extraordinary and ultimately enlightening insider’s account of how and why it happens.

Philippe Sands
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An extraordinary book. Shocking, sad and absolutely fascinating.

Sebastian Faulks
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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.

Christie Watson
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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.

David Lammy
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Challenging but really important.

Alastair Campbell
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