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With her usual warmth and wisdom, best-selling psychotherapist Julia Samuel explores the family: what we inherit and how we can change.

Relationships fundamentally influence our health and happiness - and family is the only relationship that we cannot leave, however much we might like to. But we think too narrowly about the impact of our families on our lives.

Every Family Has a Story sees best-selling psychotherapist Julia Samuel turn from her work with individuals to sessions with a wide variety of families. Diving deep into eight case studies, with her usual storytelling panache and the latest academic research, she analyses a range of common issues including separation, step-relationships, leaving home, trauma and loss. In doing so, she reveals insightfully how deeply we are influenced by our families - including the often underappreciated impact of grandparents and siblings - and offers universally applicable insights into how families can face challenges together. Her 12 touchstones for family wellbeing - from fighting productively to making time for rituals, and from setting boundaries to allowing difference - provide us with the tools to ultimately be better family members ourselves.

Revealing forgiveness and learning amidst trauma and hardship, this is an honest and compassionate meditation on what we inherit and how we can create the families we wish for.

©2022 Julia Samuel (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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enlightening

In every story I saw myself, my parents, my grandparents, my children and their children.
It made me see things differently.
My daily challenges and the way I communicate with my dearest and nearest.
I've made mistakes, I can only understand them, which may help them repair.

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Heartwarming & Hopeful

As usual, I find Julia Samuel's work pertinent and relevant to modern life, whilst simultaneously gentle and forgiving. For anyone looking to lead a happier, more fulfilling life and develop a greater understanding of themselves - and to support those you love to do the same - her books are a must read.

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Wow!

I loved this book - a must read for anyone fascinated by people and families and the complexities of life!

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A must read for personal and interpersonal relationships

I have read or listen to many books in my life about personal growth, psychology, healing, et cetera. Yeah this book has given me the keys and answers to the most common and mundane problems of my life. I would advise anyone to read it but especially anyone that wants to improve their family situation.

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Every family should listen to this!

Interesting, informative and helpful. I’m grateful to the families who had the courage to take part and I will be taking what I have learnt through them sharing and Julia’s expertise with me in trying to open up communication with my own family.

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A wonderful therapist

This is a must read/listen for therapists and families. such understanding and compassion. Just beautiful

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Excellent, fascinating book

This is a very good and useful book. Every case study teaches something about others and about ourselves and our own family. Would strongly recommend.

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Incredibly thoughtful

As a father of three girls, also separated, I’m trying to evaluate myself, what am I doing wrong, understanding past loss and how it affects my every thought, reaction, feelings of guilt and this book covers all these topics by the bucket load!
The families Julia works with show enormous honesty and it’s very humbling, I cried so many times hearing the pain and triumphs of all involved and relating those thought processes to my situation.
I shall read this many times, and hopefully begin to address the issues in my own family, and myself