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Psychiatrist in the Chair: The Official Biography of Anthony Clare

Psychiatrist in the Chair: The Official Biography of Anthony Clare

Brendan Kelly & Muiris Houston

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The first biography of the much-loved Irish psychiatrist, writer and broadcaster Anthony Clare (1942-2007). Featuring exclusive interviews with Clare’s friends, family and celebrity interviewees, and previously unpublished images from Clare’s personal papers.

Born in Dublin in 1942, Anthony Clare was the best-known psychiatrist of his generation. His BBC Radio 4 show, In the Psychiatrist’s Chair, which ran from 1982 to 2001, brought him international fame and changed the nature of broadcast interviews forever. Famous interviewees included Stephen Fry, Anthony Hopkins, Spike Milligan, Maya Angelou and Jimmy Savile, each of whom yielded to Clare’s inimitable, gentle yet probing style.

Clare made unique contributions to the demystification and practice of psychiatry, most notably through his classic book Psychiatry in Dissent: Controversial Issues in Thought and Practice (1976). This book, the first, official biography of this much-loved figure, examines the man behind these achievements: the debater and the doctor, the writer and the broadcaster, the public figure and the family man. Using extensive public and family records, we ask: Who was Anthony Clare, really?

What drove him? And what is to be learned from his life, his career, and his unique, sometimes controversial legacy to our understanding of the mind? This is the remarkable story of a remarkable person.

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Author Brendan Kelly & Muiris Houston
Publisher Merrion
Publication date 26 Oct 2020
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781785373299

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