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A wise, radical and optimistic approach to the stresses of marriage and midlife from a leading clinical psychologist.

'Anyone in any relationship at any stage of life could stand to learn from the wisdom in these pages.' Andrew Solomon

Living together can be a struggle. Jobs change, children grow up, and the things that used to make us happy don’t necessarily work anymore.

In The Rough Patch Daphne de Marneffe shows us a way through these potentially difficult years to a life lived with integrity, vitality and love. She offers us seasoned wisdom on what we need in order to overcome our problems as individuals and as couples. Every reader will find himself or herself in these pages.

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In this beautifully reasoned, highly personal, and very generous book of advice and analysis, Daphne de Marneffe proposes that the rough patch that occurs in most midlife relationships should be cherished. For those who can endure it, it can generate a new reciprocity, deepening the very intimacies it threatened to break. De Marneffe writes with poetry, wit, and compassion about the necessity of struggle in the quest for true love. Anyone in any relationship at any stage of life could stand to learn from the wisdom in these pages.

Andrew Solomon

Bravo for this personable, wise, radical and optimistic approach to the often seismic stresses of marriage and midlife, by a leading clinical psychologist who uses fascinating case studies to illuminate her advice about how to deal with the significant challenges which often arise in relationships once we’re in our forties and fifties.

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  • Paperback

    9781784702632

    January 15, 2019

    Vintage

    368 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781910701416

    March 19, 2018

    Harvill Secker

    368 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Hardback

    9781910701409

    February 15, 2018

    Harvill Secker

    368 pages

    RRP $39.99

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