This book is written by a well established author, previously writing in a quite different genre, that of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and counselling. But this book is written for an entirely different readership. Casement has put together a fascinating account of his strange journey from a privileged background, through schools and national service and through university, avoiding throughout the pull of his family for him to join the Royal Navy. Instead, he leaves university with a degree but heads straight into becoming a bricklayer's mate. From there, eventually, he gets through the vicissitudes of Probation and Social Work, and the hilarious experiences of trying to furnish his first flat. He thus moves into what he describes as the "real" world--getting what his family would regard as a "real job" (or two). But despite that, he continues on his unpredictable journey--into becoming a psychotherapist and then a psychoanalyst: what his mother thought was "training to become a psychotic." This book is filled with laughter, the author laughing at himself and inviting the reader to join with him in this.
Table of Contents:
1) I am born into a passing age—Prince Otto von Bismark has to be rescued (by the butler) from a rusty shower
2) Prep school years—“All the teachers have given up on you”
3) Life at our first settled home—Dreaded parties and seeing double at a Hunt Ball (aged 14)
4) Winchester College—Having fun and I turn exams into a game
5) My parents in Germany—The Duke of Edinburgh slept in my bed
6) Into uniform—National Service—Several times I am due for a reprimand
7) Teaching at a prep school—I am dismissed: all the staff then resign and I am reinstated
8) What to read? Cambridge—Anthropology is “the study of man embracing women”: that sounds promising
9) What to do with a degree?—Into the City? Or bricklaying?
10) Back to college—Oxford—Several brushes with the police
11) Back to engaging with the real world—probation training—I follow Sir Roger Casement into Pentonville prison
12) My first real job: probation officer—“Never, ever do that again”: Sir Ewan Montagu, QC
13) Catching up on life back at Rogate—Carrying a child in a carrycot who turns out to be Hugh Grant
14) Meanwhile becoming a family—Don’t judge a book by its cover
15) My next (and last) real job: Family Welfare Association—Meeting the queen: “I suppose it is always useful to have a man in the house, to mend the fuses and things”
16) We finally settle—“Where is that rope going?” I meet up with someone who owes me a lot of money
17) The passing of an era—Four funerals (for two parents) and a birthday party
About the Author:
Patrick Casement is a Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis and a Member of the International Association of Psychoanalysis. He was formerly a training analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society, having been in full-time private practice for many years, now retired. He is the author of numerous publications.