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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.

Reviews

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

Steve Biddulph, bestselling author of Raising Boys

the nation's shrink

The Times

James is charting the new frontiers in psychology

Guardian

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780091947682

    July 17, 2017

    Vermilion

    352 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780091947675

    March 1, 2016

    Vermilion

    352 pages

    RRP $35.00

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  • EBook

    9781448118274

    March 3, 2016

    Ebury Digital

    352 pages

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The Little Book Of Calm
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