Sensitive and rigorous

'Can’t You Hear Them? The Science and Significance of Hearing Voices', by Simon McCarthy-Jones (Jessica Kingsley; Pb £13.99).

Hearing a voice that no one else can hear can be intensely distressing and debilitating, or a positive and spiritual experience central to people’s lives. It wouldn’t be easy, then, to write a book that is sensitive to the stories of individuals with lived experience, is scientifically rigorous, and manages to inject a good dose of humour into the mix; yet, with this book, Simon McCarthy-Jones manages all of these things.

The book powerfully drives home that the strongest predictor of


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