The Darker the Night, the Brighter the Stars A Neuropsychologist's Odyssey

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Publisher's Synopsis

'[A] beautifully written investigation of grief ... As an exploration of love and loss, as a portrait of a person and of the nature of personhood, this book is about as true as any I have read' James McConnachie, Sunday Times

An audacious and beautiful account of grief and who we are. Memoir, neuroscience and myth interweave to create a book unlike any other

When celebrated neuropsychologist Paul Broks' wife died of cancer, he found himself plunged into the world of the bereaved. As he experienced the pain, alienation and suffering that make us human, his clinician-self seemed to watch on with keen interest. He embarked upon a voyage of experience: a journey through grief, philosophy, consciousness, humanity and magical thinking - seen through the prism of a lifetime's work in neuroscience. Fusing an account of living with and recovering from loss with thought-provoking meditations on the nature of the mind and the self, The Darker the Night, the Brighter the Stars is an audacious and beautiful work by a writer of astonishing wisdom and compassion.

Book information

ISBN: 9780241957462
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 155.937092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: ix, 308
Weight: 242g
Height: 129mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 19mm