About the Book Club

Book Clubs and Reading Groups

Would you be interested in reading psychoanalytic texts and other books with relevance to psychoanalysis? We are currently developing two group reading initiatives, which will provide opportunities to explore literature and texts from a psychoanalytic perspective with others who share your interest, as well as with authors and clinicians.       

Online Book Club 

A monthly online non-fiction book club, which will meet with authors of recently published psychoanalytic books. Mary Bradbury, Psychoanalyst

In order to help our planning, please join our mailing list.  In the future we plan to start a fiction group so please let us know which types of books you would be more interested in discussing - fiction or non-fiction.  

Key Texts Reading Group

Ever wanted to read Freud, Klein or Bion but didn’t know where to start? Would you be interested in joining a reading group at the Institute of Psychoanalysis, in London, over a five week period in order to read key texts with an expert guide? 

Please join our mailing list to express an interest in this new project.


For now, get started on our recommended background reading: 

Grosz, S., (2014), The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves, Vintage. 
(Visit Stephen Grosz's website here)

Bateman, A. and Holmes, J. (1995) Introduction to Psychoanalysis: Contemporary Theory and Practice, London: Routledge. 

Bud, S. and Rusbridger, R. (2005) Introducing Psychoanalysis: Essential Themes and Topics, London: Routledge. 

Cohen, J. (2005) How to Read Freud, London: Granta.

Milton, J., Polmear, C. and Fabricius, J. (2004) A Short Introduction to Psychoanalysis, London: Sage. 

Perelberg, R.J. (2006) Freud: A Modern Reader, London: Wiley

Pick, D. (2015) Psychoanalysis: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press.

Waddell, M., (1998), Inside Lives: Psychoanalysis and the Growth of the Personality, London: Duckworth.