Born in Poland in 1946, Lisa Appignanesi grew up in Montreal from the age of six. Since moving to Britain in her twenties she has been central to British cultural life: a former President of English PEN and former Chair of the Trustees of the Freud Museum in London, she is currently the Chair of the Royal Society of Literature. She has published extensively, both fiction and non-fiction, including the novel MEMORY AND DESIRE and the non-fiction books MAD, BAD, AND SAD and ALL ABOUT LOVE.
`Appignanesi luminously conveys the wayward emotions that make bereavement a language that is hard to understand, yet speaks to us every day when we experience a great loss. You will find all of life in this rewarding, scholarly and entertaining conversation about freedom, Freud, fury, enduring love, and how mythic and modern families haunt each other' Deborah Levy `Keen-eyed, unflinching in her honesty, Lisa Appignanesi carries us down into the depths through an inner landscape of unappeasable turmoil, as she moves towards knowledge of love and the serenity it brings. With piercing insight and many moments of intense poignancy, she illuminates the complexity and costs of a remarkable and passionate journey' Marina Warner `Wonderful, moving, extraordinary. It is sui generis. I feel enormously privileged to have read it - twice. Its structure is remarkable - an enacting of the last two years. Bravo bravo' Edmund de Waal `A ragged, stop-start quality, often feeling like a conversation, at times an argument, with the reader, and is all the more engaging for it...' Guardian `An investigation of a state that floats somewhere between diagnosed mental illness and daily life; she is her survey's principal case, but she's interested, too, in the historical moment whose anger and loss, she insists, can be understood as sharing a set of emotions with her own' Observer