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The Devil You Know: Encounters in Forensic Psychiatry by Gwen Adshead

The Devil You Know: Encounters in Forensic Psychiatry by Gwen Adshead

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Dr Gwen Adshead is one of Britain's leading forensic psychiatrists. She treats serial killers, arsonists, stalkers, gang members and other individuals who are usually labelled 'monsters'. Whatever their crime, she listens to their stories and helps them to better understand their terrible acts of violence. Here Adshead invites the reader to step with her into the room to meet twelve patients and discover how minds can change. These men and women are revealed in all their complexity and shared humanity. Their stories make a powerful case for rehabilitation over revenge, compassion over condemnation. The Devil You Know will challenge everything you thought you knew about human nature.


"This is a mythbuster of a book - crammed with compelling, constructive, candid and compassionate insights into the criminal mind." - Val McDermid

"On killing and other crimes - a forensic, gripping, extraordinary and ultimately enlightening insider's account of how and why it happens." - Philippe Sands

"An extraordinary book. Shocking, sad and absolutely fascinating." - Sebastian Faulks

"A fascinating, erudite and beautifully written deep-dive into the nature of evil. The Devil You Know makes the case for radical empathy and reminds us that all human beings are capable of darkness, and of light." - Christie Watson

"Finding light in the deepest darkness, this book makes an invaluable and urgent case for improved mental health care and could forever change the way we think about violence and those who perpetrate it." - David Lammy

"Challenging but really important." - Alastair Campbell

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 978-0571357628
Pages: 400