Every Family Has a Story: Julia Samuel Virtual Book Launch

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This event will be available to view from 09:00 - 18:00 UK TIME on Saturday, December 3rd.

Why do families matter to us so much, and why do they drive us mad? Why do some families survive enormous adversity whilst others fragment? Bestselling psychotherapist Julia Samuel explores these questions in her newest book, Every Family Has a Story: How We Inherit Love and Loss. 

In this conversation from March 2022, Julia shares her journey of writing this book in an interview with Dr Lesel Dawson. 

“I loved writing this book,” says Julia. “It has changed my relationship with my own family by giving me a greater depth of understanding, and therefore compassion. I hope you will enjoy it.” 

Every Family Has A Story sees Julia Samuel turn from her work with individuals to sessions with a wide variety of families. Diving deep into eight case studies, with her usual storytelling panache and the latest academic research, she analyses a range of common issues including separation, step-relationships, leaving home, trauma and loss. In doing so, she reveals insightfully how deeply we are influenced by our families — including the often under-appreciated impact of grandparents and siblings — and offers universally applicable insights into how families can face challenges together. 

Her twelve touchstones for family wellbeing — from fighting productively to making time for rituals, and from setting boundaries to allowing difference — provide us with the tools to ultimately be better family members ourselves and to create the families we desire. 


‘Anybody who has a family, or is building a family, will benefit from this book’s wisdom’ MOHSIN ZAIDI 

‘Offers vivid insights in a book for all families’ KATHRYN MANNIX

‘Essential, clever and kind’ ALAIN DE BOTTON 

‘Everyone who reads this will learn something profound’ DR RACHEL CLARKE


Order your own copy of Every Family Has a Story: How we Inherit Love and Loss on the Good Grief Festival’s virtual bookshop. Thank you to our partners Storysmith Books.

This event is a pre-recorded session from a previous Good Grief Festival event.

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Julia Samuel MBE

Dr Lesel Dawson