Listening In allows the reader to eavesdrop behind the closed door of the therapy room, where private and personal lives are stripped bare. Forty-something Patrick Chime is a talented therapist but terrible husband. When a client demands Patrick's personal, as well as professional, involvement in his life, he is forced to evaluate not only the true worth of the therapy but also the cost to him of a life spent listening in. As his world starts to unravel, and he learns more about his client's obsessions with the artist Degas and internet sex, Patrick comes to appreciate the parallels between therapy and prostitution and starts to question which is more genuine... Listening In is the debut novel by sexual counsellor and marital therapist Kevin Chandler.
Kevin is a writer and therapist living on the edge of the southern Pennines with his second wife, Kim.
For over 20 years he trained Relate counsellors and still holds a small private practice working with adult individuals and couples experiencing personal and relationship difficulties.
His works of fiction include the novella, FIFTY-MINUTE HOUR (in the 2008 Legend Press collection, 'Eight Hours.') It is the intimate and moving story of a 30-something police officer dragged along to Relate by his female partner in a last desperate attempt to save their ailing relationship. In 2009, his debut novel, LISTENING IN: A Novel of Therapy and Real Life, was published by Accent Press. It is a powerful exploration of the interface between our personal and professional lives and the cost of a life spent 'listening in.'
Kevin writes the monthly 'In Practice' column for THERAPY TODAY (The journal of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) and has had articles published on men and relationships, and on the fascinating and discomforting parallels between psychotherapy and prostitution.
He has recently written for Relate an eight episode screenplay of 'THE McINTYRE FAMILY' a fictional mini-drama series performed by the Hull Truck Theatre Company ~ which can be viewed online at www.relateforparents.org.uk
Kevin's other passions include walking in Spain, the occasional evening of 7-Card Stud poker with the 'boys' and supporting his beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers ~ the former enriches soul more than wallet, and the latter usually end in tears.
His favourite writers include Howard Jacobson and AA Gill.
Kevin can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org