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  • Published: 17 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9780091947682
  • Imprint: Vermilion
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $22.99
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Not In Your Genes

The real reasons children are like their parents




A controversial and groundbreaking take on the nature-nuture debate

Professor Robert Plomin, the world’s leading geneticist, said in 2014 of his search for genes that explain differences in our psychology: ‘I have been looking for these genes for fifteen years. I don’t have any’.

Using a mixture of famous and ordinary people, Oliver James drills deep down into the childhood causes of our individuality, revealing why our upbringing, not our genes, plays such an important role in our wellbeing and success. The implications are huge: as adults we can change, we can clutch our fates from predetermined destiny, as parents we can radically alter the trajectory of our childrens’ lives, and as a society we could largely eradicate criminality and poverty.

Not in Your Genes will not only change the way you think about yourself and the people around you, but give you the fuel to change your personality and your life for the better.

  • Pub date: 17 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9780091947682
  • Imprint: Vermilion
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Oliver James

Oliver James trained and practised as a child clinical psychologist and, since 1988, has worked as a writer, journalist and television documentary producer and presenter. His books include Juvenile Violence in a Winner-Loser Culture, the bestselling They F*** You Up, Affluenza and Contented Dementia. He is a trustee of two children's charities: the National Family and Parenting Institute and Homestart.

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Praise for Not In Your Genes

“Radical but full of hope ... we really can choose our mental health and that of our children”

Steve Biddulph, bestselling author of Raising Boys


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