Adam Phillips was born in Cardiff in 1954. He is the author of numerous works of psychotherapy and literary criticism, including Winnicott, On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored, Going Sane, Side Effects, On Kindness, co-written with Barbara Taylor, On Balance, Missing Out, One Way and Another and Becoming Freud. Phillips is a practising psychoanalyst and a visiting professor in the English department at the University of York. He writes regularly for the London Review of Books, the Observer and the New York Times, and he is General Editor of the Penguin Modern Classics Freud translations. His new book, Unforbidden Pleasures, comes out in November 2015 and is published by Hamish Hamilton.
The best living essayist writing in English
Phillips is a wonderful writer, his prose limpid and exact, and this is a deep and stimulating book * Sunday Times *
Intriguing and radical questions about the vital information strong responses and desires provide, and how we might use this to identify what we want * Guardian *
His writing is a lively source of provocation, repetition, self-renewal. * Scotsman *
Reading Phillips, you may be amused, vexed, dazzled. But the one thing you will never be is bored
Phillips radiates infectious charm * Sunday Times *