Book Club

So many books, so little time…Here are some of my favourites.

I’ll keep adding to this list, so watch this space. And tell me your favourites when you see me in clinic.

The Course of Love
The Course of Love by Alain De Botton
Anything by Alain De Botton. The man could write a shopping list and I’d read it. Start with The Course
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painful yarns
Painful Yarns: Metaphors and Stories to Help Understand the Biology of Pain
Understanding pain is trickier than we might think.  My ‘light blub moment’ was half-way through reading Painful Yarns: Metaphors and
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The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff
The Danish Girl is a fictionalised account of the life of Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo
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Womens Stuff Kaz Cooke
Women’s Stuff by Kaz Cooke
Kaz Cooke does a great job of providing wise, accurate and amusing advice on Girl Stuff and Women’s Stuff. Get
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Where Did My Libido Go? by Dr Rosie King
Dr Rosie King, one of Australia’s favourite sex therapists, has written two excellent books for couples. Where Did My Libido
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The Joy of Sex by Dr Alan Comfort
Sex is a complex life skill, and a little bit of instruction, inspiration and illumination never went astray. I was
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Heartline by Dr Brendan Carson
Heartline is a funny, thought-provoking book is a series of short stories written by my good friend Dr Brendan Carson.
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Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Jenny Laswon’s “mostly true memoir” Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is a laugh out loud story of growing up in rural
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Trans: Exploring Gender Identity and Gender Dysphoria (Ed) by Dr Az Hakeem
Exploring Gender Identity and Gender Dysphoria (Ed) by Dr Az Hakeem is a collection of essays written by Australian and
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She Said, She Said by Anne M Reid
This is an important book on more than one level. It is a searingly honest account of the emotional turmoil
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The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves by Stephen Grosz
Yep, another therapy book. Simple stories of the encounters between a psychotherapist and his patients. Profound and moving. You’ll need
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Girls and Sex by Peggy Orenstein
Peggy wrote this book as a parent, wanting to ‘navigate the complicated new landscape‘ that confronts women today. In the
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The School of Life: An Emotional Education by The School of Life
Ah, my intellectual crush…Alain De Botton introduces this series of essays designed to help us to understand ourselves and the
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The Gift of Therapy by Irvin D. Yalom
This is described as ‘an open letter to a new generation of therapists and their patients‘. A series of brief
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The Talking Cure by Professor Gillian Straker and Dr Jacqui Winship
This is a fabulous introduction to what psychotherapy is, and how it can help to liberate your mind. Gillian and
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Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence by Esther Perel
This is Esther’s first book and it’s a gem! She is able to take a psychological and sociological look at
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The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity by Esther Perel
Esther is a world famous psychotherapist who specialises in couples, relationship and sex therapy. This is her second book and
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The Complete A to Z for Your V by Alyssa Dweck and Robin Westin
Alyssa is a gynaecologist from the USA who wants us all to be able to speak vagina. Yay, I agree! She’s
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The Vagina Bible by Jen Gunter
Jen is known as the ‘Twitter Gynaecologist’ in the USA and Canada. She has a ‘vagenda’ to inform and empower women
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