A Voice of One's Own

  • Self-knowledge
A beautifully photographic therapeutic novel which teaches us about our own emotions through a young woman’s journey of self-discovery.

This is a novel with a striking mission at its heart: not just to tell us a story but to show us – through the example of one life – how we might change our own.

Product description

The novel introduces us to Anna, a kind, inspiring, thoughtful but modest and self-questioning person, in whom we might catch echoes of ourselves. Life has been hard of late for Anna: her job is putting her under extreme pressure, her relationship is lacking the support she craves, her parents have saddled her with a complicated emotional history. And yet she is determined to progress and liberate herself from her inhibitions.

In a style that’s brief and poignant, accompanied by lyrical and thought-provoking images, we follow Anna as she slowly unpicks the roots of her self-suspicion and discovers something we all deserve but have so often been denied: a voice of our own.

• The first in a new series of Therapeutic Fiction from The School of Life.

• Each page is illustrated by a stylised, documentary photograph that tells the story along with the text.

• Psychologically authentic fiction which seeks to resonate with the reader and provoke consolation, recognition and therapeutic insight.

• Returns the novel to a more interesting and more rewarding mission: that of entertaining and teaching us; of delighting and instructing us.

176 pages | 198 x 129mm | 144 full colour photographs | Hardback with jacket