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Product details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Accent Press Ltd (6 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906373655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906373658
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A cleverly ironic tale of love, betrayal and self-deception. A compelling read. --Zelda West-Meads, Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Kevin Chandler is a private therapist, specialising in relationship, marital, and sexual therapy, based in Yorkshire. He has trained many Relate counsellors during his career. He has written many short stories. Listening In is his first novel.


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I read an article that Kevin Chandler had written in April's edition of Therapy Today it was absorbing and well written piece so I bought 'Listening In'. I did not put it down until I had finished it. As a counsellor the story pushed a few buttons for me and I know I will be reading it again soon. I hope Mr Chandler has more books to come.
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'Listening In' is a novel that made me feel I was doing just that: listening in on the fascinating world of therapy/counselling, and on the lives and thoughts of Patrick and the other characters. I found it to be not only a compelling read but full of insights and issues that made me think. It is a book that lingers for being both thought-provoking and entertaining.
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A great read for anyone remotely intrigued by what the world of a counsellor is like outside the therapy room as well as inside it.

The interaction between professional and private worlds are explored in a thoroughly believable way. All the characters are very human and so both flawed and gifted, but it is the way the main protagonist engages with his difficulties as they unfold that kept me glued to this book.

Also an insightful view into some of the challenges faced by male counsellors in an area of work seemingly dominated by females. The counsellor in this book is aware of the potential for erotic attraction between himself and his clients (not that that is limited to male counsellors) and how that threatens ethical boundaries. He also explores his wife being the main breadwinner and the impact on his relationships.

A key theme is how fostering genuine, intimate and non-judgemental relationships in one's professional life affects one's private relationships and indeed one's self relationship. Also considered are the parallels between the talking therapies and the world of prostitution. Where in both cases a deeply intimate one to one service is provided in private, for money and high levels of confidentiality are necessary.
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This is a well-written and intriguing novel which allows the reader to "listen in" to a host of believable characters and their problems. It opens the door to the therapy room and provides a valuable insight into the world of the therapist. The book is written from a refreshing perspective which reveals that in the minefield of human relationships, the experts do not always equip themselves with sufficient body armour to withstand the shells and are as likely to be maimed as the rest of us. A thoroughly absorbing read.
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A delightful, page-turner of a story, no psycho-babble, yet with a profound understanding of the work, beautifully puncturing the idealised view of the therapist. Compassionate, well written, insightful & fun. I may not work in exactly the same way, but I respect the way of working described and it gave me food for thought. Whilst never mentioned explicitly, it highlights the importance of firm boundary management.
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An intriguing and interesting first novel which gives an insight into the world of therapy. The author captures the humanity of the characters which leads you to become engrossed in their lives and problems. The novel is difficult to categorise but is a thoroughly enjoyable read and provides an interesting slant on how the experts can be as flawed as the rest of us. Highly recommended.
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I have dumped so many books lately I was determined to stay with this book until the end. However, although I tried very hard I had to close it for ever at page 220. I just could NOT maintain enough interest in any of the characters. Patrick didn't reveal enough about himself, Maggies was headless, and his clients were just talking heads. When the porn mess was inserted I just had to say goodbye.

Sorry - not for me
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I bought this book assuming it was more of a study type. But I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm on the brink of starting my level four or maybe the foundation degree in counselling - and this book really brought a new light onto the subject. Loved it !
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