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  • Unforbidden Pleasuresby Adam Phillips

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 14.09

    Unforbidden Pleasures is the dazzling new book from Adam Phillips, author of Missing Out and Going Sane Adam Phillips takes Oscar Wilde as a springboard for a deep dive into the meanings and importance of the Unforbidden, from the fall of our 'first parents' Adam and Eve to the work of the great twentieth-century psychoanalytic thinkers. Unforbidden... more...

  • The Beast in the Nurseryby Adam Phillips

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 14.00

    If you are disturbed by the idea that to grow up is to learn to live with disillusionment, if you are fascinated by the perplexity of child-rearing, or if you fear you were more creative as a child, The Beast in the Nursery offers an illuminating and possibly life-changing experience.      In four interrelated essays, Adam Phillips arrives at startling... more...

  • Monogamyby Adam Phillips

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 15.00

    In this sparkling, provocative collection of meditations on coupledom and its discontents, Adam Phillips manages to unsettle one of our most dearly held ideals, that of the monogamous couple, by speculating upon the impulses that most threaten it--boredom, desire, and the tempting idea that erotic fulfillment might lie elsewhere. With 121 brilliant... more...

  • Houdini's Boxby Adam Phillips

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 15.00

    In this uniquely brilliant and insightful book, acclaimed essayist and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips meditates on the notion of escape in our society and in ourselves. No one can escape the desire and need to escape. By analyzing four examples of escape artists—a young girl who hides from others by closing her eyes; a grown man incapable of a relationship;... more...

  • Going Saneby Adam Phillips

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 15.50

    Volumes have been dedicated to madness, but sanity is rarely mentioned. We can define the mad, but how do we classify the sane? In Going Sane, psychoanalyst and writer Adam Phillips delves deep into history, philosophy, literature and his own experiences to address questions that we rarely ask about ourselves, taking us on an engrossing journey in... more...

  • Side Effectsby Adam Phillips

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; US$ 15.50

    Side effects are things we do not intend. And, in this collection of essays, Adam Phillips examines how the things we don’t mean, or mean perhaps to forget, prove to be those that are often most telling about our unconscious lives. Phillips also intends for us to question our conscious pursuit of happiness, explaining that, in refusing to admit... more...

  • On Balanceby Adam Phillips

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 14.09

    In this absorbing and provocative new book from one of Britain's most elegant and original prose stylists, psychoanalyst Adam Phillips addresses a variety of urgent concerns - many centred around the idea of balance. When might we know that enough is enough? Does the road of excess ever lead to the palace of wisdom? What is the role of the parent,... more...

  • Winnicottby Adam Phillips

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; US$ 14.09

    D.W. Winnicott’s remarkable books, including The Piggle , Home Is Where We Start From and The Child, Family and the Outside World (all published by Penguin) are still read, valued and argued with over thirty years after his death. Adam Phillips's short book, now issued with a new preface, is an elegant, thoughtful attempt to get to grips with... more...

  • Missing Outby Adam Phillips

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 14.09

    All of us lead two parallel lives: the life we actually live and the one that we wish for and fantasise about. And this life unlived (the one that never actually happens, the one we might be living but for some reason are not) can occupy an extraordinary part of our mental life. We share our lives, in a sense, with the people we have failed to be... more...

  • One Way and Anotherby Adam Phillips

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 23.96

    A selection of the most popular and relevant essays from Adam Phillips, the man New Yorker called 'Britain's foremost psychoanalytic writer' 'Phillips's prose is poetic in the best sense: it is muscular, resonant, and thrums with a dark music that is all its own' John Banville In the twenty essays gathered here, ranging across his entire oeuvre,... more...