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The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did)
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A parenting book for people who don't buy parenting books.

About the Author

Alongside her practice as a Psychotherapist, Philippa Perry is a faculty member of The School of Life, writes as an agony aunt for Red Magazine, and is a contributor for The Guardian. She has also been an occasional presenter for The Culture Show on BBC Two. She has presented several documentaries and most recently, featured in highly popular dating show Celebs Go Dating for E4, where she used her expertise to give the celebrity singles some much needed relationship advice. She lives in London with her husband - acclaimed artist, campaigner and writer Grayson Perry. They have one grown-up daughter - Flo, and one cat - Kevin.

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It is like a letter from a wise friend who happens to have done years of research (...) I am grateful for it * Aida Edemariam, The Guardian *
Made me think about me and who I am and my parents and who they are and maybe, hopefully, one day what sort of parent I might strive to be * Dolly Alderton *
This is a kind and forgiving book that advocates kind and forgiving behaviour, to ourselves and our partners * Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Times *
I've had the most wonderful feedback from this episode. People stopping me on the street to say how much they've love the book's advice. Philippa's wisdom and delivery has resonated with many parents out there. I can't thank her enough for her time and energy * Happy Place podcast *
I don't have kids but [this book] is a fascinating read on the emotional baggage we all carry * Elizabeth Day, How to Fail podcast *
A beautifully comprehensive look at what it might mean to be a sane and emotionally intelligent parent; hugely warm, wise, hopeful and encouraging that, with a little self-reflection and insight, we could all learn to spare the next generation a few of our own troubles * Alain de Botton *
The Easter holidays were a complete joy because of your book - I feel about a trillion times more relaxed and connected as a parent and I have also found it very helpful for my sobriety and recovery * Bryony Gordon *
I'm not a parent. But I fucking LOVE Philippa Perry and think she's wise and brilliant so this will be amazing * Bella Mackie *
EVERY parent should read this book, however old their child. In fact, any adult in a relationship should read it too. Distilled in less than 250 pages is a road map to healthy relationships. Required reading * Express *
Not got kids? It doesn't matter, as the wonderful psychotherapist Philippa Perry's latest book is actually about using our pasts to understand ourselves (...) it's also an excellent book for reminding yourself: life is hard and you're doing your best - so try not to beat yourself up for everyday mistakes * Stylist *

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