Phillipa Perry

Phillipa Perry

The Gothic Mind. Sanity. Identity.

Philippa Perry left school at 15, an undiagnosed dyslexic, she was written off academically, sent to Switzerland to learn how to ski, speak French and meet posh people, yet only ever seemed to enjoy lovers with regional accents. Sacked from a couple of secretarial jobs (this was before spell-check), she worked as a legal clerk, which was an excellent training for a private detective business in Oxford. She then ran the Oxford Circus McDonalds, returning briefly to legal work until an inheritance meant she could attend Art School. However, the life of an artist was too lonely so she retrained as a psychotherapist, and wrote a book about it: Couch Fiction; a Graphic Tale of Psychotherapy, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010.  She is now on the Faculty of the School of Life and is author of the upcoming book 'How to Stay Sane' published as part of the School of Life series by Macmillan in May 2012. She is also a regular columnist for Psychologies magazine. 

Philippa is also married to artist Grayson Perry and they have a daughter.

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