The Devil You Know: Encounters in Forensic Psychiatry

Author(s) : Gwen Adshead

The Devil You Know: Encounters in Forensic Psychiatry

Book Details

  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Published : July 2022
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 382
  • Category :
    Forensic
  • Category 2 :
    Popular Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 96416
  • ISBN 13 : 9780571357628
  • ISBN 10 : 9780571357
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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.

*INCLUDES A NEW CHAPTER*

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

Reviews and Endorsements

'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

'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

About the Author(s)

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.

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