The Skeleton Cupboard by Tanya Byron
(Pan Macmillan, 2014)

The Skeleton Cupboard

by Tanya Byron

Every life has a story.

Inspired by Professor Tanya Byron’s years of training as a new and naive clinical psychologist, The Skeleton Cupboard offers extraordinary stories of ordinary people struggling to cope with the challenges of life.

Through them we attempt to understand the line between sanity and insanity - and come to realize that it does not exist. The most fragile, vulnerable people can still offer strength and wisdom. Those hardened by cruel circumstance can show real kindness and compassion towards those who treat them. And those of us who outwardly appear untroubled can mask an inner life of turmoil.

With startling poignancy and powerful, affecting storytelling, this book is a testimony to anyone who has strived to make the journey from chaos to clarity.

Reviews

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
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
Moving and thought-provoking.”
- Sunday Times
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
A strangely fascinating profession ... what's most appealing about Byron is her genuineness and openness. I can imagine why, if you were in distress, you'd want her on your side.”
- Scotsman
Like the best of psychological cases studies, such as Freud's, these read like compelling, crafted fiction ... powerful, vivid and moving ”
- Sydney Morning Herald
Honest and insightful ... This thoroughly compelling book does much to combat the stigma that is still, sadly, attached to mental illness”
- The Lady