• The Devil You Know
  • The Devil You Know
  • The Devil You Know
  • The Devil You Know
  • The Devil You Know
  • The Devil You Know

The Devil You Know: Encounters in Forensic Psychiatry

Fiction, True Crime, Science, Study & Work, Smart Thinking, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 30/06/2022
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The Devil You Know
A passionate and insightful call to arms.
This book can be a struggle, it is hard to find empathy for people who are considered worst of our society. However Dr Adshead manages to write a compellin... READ MORE
Angie at Blackpool
The Devil You Know
Compulsive and enlightening
The Devil You Know is a beautiful and thought-provoking tapestry of human experiences, from the people we care about least in society. Each case study (th... READ MORE
Catriona at Waterstones Online
The Devil You Know
Compelling Reading
I loved this. Adshed is a forensic psychologist who has worked in prisons, for legal services and in private practice over many decades. Here she takes a d... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
The Devil You Know
Gripping, thrilling, heartwarming
This book has literally made me want to work as a therapist. It was so interesting, detailing various patients in Broadmoor prison hospital, their journey ... READ MORE
Thalia Caddy
The Devil You Know
Unique and enthralling insight
Packed to the brim with much-needed empathy and understanding, Gwen Adshead weaves an exceptionally engaging account of 11 psychiatric patients who arrive ... READ MORE
Emily M at Manchester Arndale
The Devil You Know
The Devil You Know is an incredibly powerful book. It is challenging - in places almost too difficult to read - and dark, moving and impossible to forget. ... READ MORE
Elizabeth (Llandudno)
The Devil You Know
A fascinating dip into the human psyche
An extremely fascinating and well written book about the human psyche and how trauma leads to tragedy. This follows a selection of different cases, from ho... READ MORE
Jodie - Plymouth Drake Circus
The Devil You Know
My favourite non-fiction book!
I will forever recommend this book to anyone who enjoys general non-fiction, true crime, crime fiction, just generally anyone. Adshead is so compassionate ... READ MORE
Becca Withers


Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for July 2022

Shortlisted for the CWA ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction 2022

A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week

A perspective-shattering work into the minds of violent criminals that reveals profound consequences for human nature and society at large.

Serial homicide. Stalking. Arson. Gang crime. Who are the people behind these acts of terrible violence? What are their stories? And what is it like to sit opposite them?

Dr Gwen Adshead is one of Britain's leading forensic psychiatrists, and she has spent thirty years providing therapy inside secure hospitals and prisons. Whatever her patient's crime she aims to help them to better know their minds by helping them to articulate their life experience.

Through a collaboration with co-author Eileen Horne, Adshead brings her work to life in these fascinating, unflinching portraits of individuals who newspaper headlines, TV dramas and crime fiction label 'monsters'.

Case by case, Adshead takes us into the treatment room and reveals these men and women in all their complexity and vulnerability. She sheds new light on the unpredictable nature of the therapeutic process as doctor and patient try to find words for the unspeakable. These are stories of cruelty and despair but also of change and recovery.

In a time of increasing polarisation, in the face of overcrowded prisons and devastating cuts to mental health care, Adshead speaks to our shared humanity and makes the case for compassion over condemnation, empathy over fear. The Devil You Know challenges what we think we know about evil. It is a rare book that has the power to change minds.

  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 9780571357628
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 330g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm

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The Devil You Know
A bridge to a closed world
Fascinating. Accessible. Non judgemental yet morally sound. Hope in the darkness that we can all gain from.
The Devil You Know
Great book!
This book offers great insight into "evil". The stories are beautifully told and make the people almost relatable. Definitely worth a read!
Alisha Quinn
The Devil You Know
Rehabilitation not revenge
We are all too ready to accept the tabloid view that murderers, sex offenders and the violent are all evil - often born so. Indeed this is a much more com... READ MORE
Tim Dumble
The Devil You Know
Enjoy Psychology? This ones for you.
As someone who was always fascinated by the layers of Psychological aspects and how much it reveals simply based on our mannerisms and past, this was incre... READ MORE
The Devil You Know
Incredible I wish there were more chapters
Lucia Miny-Giani