Released on 22 May 2014.

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The Skeleton Cupboard

The making of a clinical psychologist

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The Skeleton Cupboard is Professor Tanya Byron's account of her years of training as a clinical psychologist, when trainees find themselves in the toughest placements of their careers. Through the eyes of her naive and inexperienced younger self, Tanya shares remarkable stories inspired by the people she had the privilege to treat. Gripping, poignant and full of daring black humour, this book reveals the frightening and challenging induction faced by all mental health staff and highlights their incredible commitment to their patients.

Powerfully moving and beautifully written, The Skeleton Cupboard shares the tales of ordinary people with an amazing resilience to the challenges of life.

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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
Soul searching and straight talking
Jewish Chronicle
A compelling book that will challenge and comfort all who have strived to make the journey from chaos to clarity