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The Absent Therapist

Authors: Will Eaves

Published by CB Editions

ISBN: 9781909585003

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Shortlisted for the 2014 Goldsmiths Prize

“The Absent Therapist is a book of soundings, a jostle of voices that variously argue, remember, explain, justify, speculate and meander . . . Sons and lovers, wanderers, wonderers, stayers, leavers, readers and believers: ‘The biggest surprise of all is frequently that things and people really are as they seem.’

These are gripping narratives, with intriguing shifts of register, but they are also technically experimental and daring. Each sentence is weighed, poised. The intelligence with which Will Eaves handles language is modest and rare. The absent therapist is the listening reader to whom this compelling book is a fabulous gift.”

– Patricia Dunker; novelist.


Will Eaves is the author of three novels (most recently, This Is Paradise, Picador, 2012. ISBN: 9780330418775) and a collection of poetry (Sound Houses, Carcanet, 2011. ISBN: 9781847771124). He was Arts Editor of the Times Literary Supplement from 1995 to 2011, and now teaches at Warwick University.

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