'A triumph of informed imagination and a startling testament of love' -- The Sunday Telegraph
'Fernyhough's source material is diverse and eclectic... a hymn to a child from a loving father' -- The Sunday Herald
'It's fascinating about memory... and the ineffable process by which children acquire language and a sense of selfhood and orientation'
-- Time Out
'[A] painstakingly observed, exquisitely written voyage of discovery into the first three years of life as experienced by a child' -- The Guardian
`[A] tender, beautifully written account... an accessible, jargon-free guide to the basis and development of language, consciousness and autonomy' -- The Scotsman
For Charles Fernyhough, the birth of his daughter Athena was an opportunity to re-evaluate much of what he had learned as a researcher in developmental psychology. Drawing on the detailed notes he made during her infancy, Fernyhough uses Athena's story to explain how a child's mind develops before the age of three, tapping into a parent's wonder at the processes of psychological development in an engaging, child-centred way. It is written with a father's tenderness and a novelist's empathy and style.