Author(s): Tanya Byron
The Skeleton Cupboard is Professor Tanya Byron's account of her years of training as a clinical psychologist, when trainees find themselves in the toughest placements of their careers. Through the eyes of her naive and inexperienced younger self, Tanya shares remarkable stories inspired by the people she had the privilege to treat. Gripping, poignant and full of daring black humour, this book reveals the frightening and challenging induction faced by all mental health staff and highlights their incredible commitment to their patients. Powerfully moving and beautifully written, The Skeleton Cupboard shares the tales of ordinary people with an amazing resilience to the challenges of life.
Moving and thought-provoking Sunday Times A compelling book that will challenge and comfort all who have strived to make the journey from chaos to clarity Psychologies Quite simply, I love this book for its candour, wisdom and courage. Mistakes are our greatest lessons and other people, wherever we find them, our greatest teachers. As Tanya Byron describes so eloquently, life is about connection. There is nothing else. -- Sally Brampton Fascinating composite case studies of some of the vulnerable patients [Tanya Byron] encountered at a stage when she 'was often just one chapter ahead of them' Metro Like the best of psychological cases studies, such as Freud's, these read like compelling, crafted fiction ... powerful, vivid and moving Sydney Morning Herald This book is a moving and extremely engaging account of Dr Byron's early days, training as a clinical psychologist. As well as offering profound insights into the human condition it moves with the pace of a thriller. Dr Byron is a great story teller and she has an extraordinary story to tell Dr Michael Mosley Honest and insightful ... This thoroughly compelling book does much to combat the stigma that is still, sadly, attached to mental illness The Lady Soul searching and straight talking Jewish Chronicle
Professor Tanya Byron is a clinical psychologist and a professor in the public understanding of science, specializing in working with children and adolescents, with twenty-five years' experience. A journalist, author and lecturer, her books include The Skeleton Cupboard and The House of Tiny Tearaways. She writes regular columns for The Times and Good Housekeeping and is a broadcaster for BBC television and Radio 4. With Jennifer Saunders she co-wrote a BBC comedy series. She lives in London with her husband, Bruce, and two children, Lily and Jack.