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  • Published: 3 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780099460992
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 976
  • RRP: $38.00

Far From The Tree

A Dozen Kinds of Love


Sometimes your child – the most familiar person of all – is radically different from you. The saying goes that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. But what happens when it does?


Sometimes your child - the most familiar person of all - is radically different from you. The saying goes that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. But what happens when it does?

Drawing on interviews with over three hundred families, covering subjects including deafness, dwarfs, Down's Syndrome, Autism, Schizophrenia, disability, prodigies, children born of rape, children convicted of crime and transgender people, Andrew Solomon documents ordinary people making courageous choices. Difference is potentially isolating, but Far from the Tree celebrates repeated triumphs of human love and compassion to show that the shared experience of difference is what unites us.

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction and eleven other national awards. Winner of the Green Carnation Prize.

  • Pub date: 3 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9780099460992
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 976
  • RRP: $38.00

About the Author

Andrew Solomon

Andrew Solomon holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Cambridge; is a professor of psychology at Columbia University and President of PEN American Center; and is a regular contributor to the Guardian, the New Yorker, and the New York Times. A lecturer and activist, he is the author of Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, which won the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and many other awards; and The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, which won the National Book Award, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and has been published in twenty-four languages. His TED talks have been viewed over 12 million times. A dual UK/US national, he lives in London and New York. www.andrewsolomon.com.

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Praise for Far From The Tree

“The tales Solomon returns with, of profound disability and extreme differences overcome, make it a bible of empathy and inclusion”

Cressida Connolly, Spectator

“Andrew Solomon’s Far From The Tree is a prodigious, illuminating book about the challenge of being a parent – especially when children are out of the ordinary”

Tim Adams, Observer

“Life-affirming, thought provoking and highly readable, the book was compiled over 10 years of interviews and I found it deeply moving”

Kate Kellaway, Observer

“Many accounts are desperately moving, but Solomon goes far beyond cheap pity... The book is an exquisite written study of parental love – as well as "a how-to manual for receptivity"”

Kerry Hudson, Herald

“[A] magnificent study of disability and identity differences”

Susannah Meadows, New York Times

“This wise book is a careful and surprising study of difference between parent and child and how it shapes our lives”

Stephen Grosz, Sunday Telegraph

“For anyone struggling with decisions over parenting, it’s an affirming reminder that there is no such thing as “normal””

Femke Colborne, Big Issue in the North

“Parents – especially mothers – are the heroes of this book, many of them describing with extraordinary absence of self-pity how they have coped with almost unimaginable adversity”

Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times

“Solomon really makes you think... Uniquely brilliant”

William Leith, Evening Standard


The Times

“A fascinating examination of the accommodation of difference... Philosophical dividends accrue as you read story after story of ordinary families made remarkable by circumstance”

Emma Brockes, Guardian


Sunday Telegraph

“Monumentally good”

William Leith, Scotsman

“A far-reaching and fascinating study upon humanity... It is intelligent and is certainly an important contribution to the field of child psychology”

Kirsty Hewitt, Nudge

“It is very rare for a book to smack the reader in the face, almost with every paragraph. That this reviewer had constantly to stop reading, in order to reflect and digest, is testament to a work of rare power... This book will change you”

Tamim Sadikali, Bookmunch

“Utterly fascinating, beautifully written and deeply moving… Thoughtful and humane… Totally gripping from beginning to end”

Anna Carey, Irish Times

“You may want to save it for a holiday or similar period as it will draw you in so completely that it is hard to stop reading”

SEN Magazine

“A beautifully written psychiatric study of difference and compassion”

Jessie Burton, UK Press Syndication

“It's an incredible book, that had me crying on the bus more than once”

Reading Matters

“Helping to improve attitudes.”

David Aaronovitch, The Times

“Outstanding book.”

Louise France, The Times

“I am staggered by these unsentimental and inspiring stories.”

Sharon Guskin, The Lady

“He writes unsentimentally… Reading this book changed the course of my work.”

Henny Beaumont, Big Issue in the North

“Forces] the reader to meditate on a number of wrenching, often heart-breaking aspects of existence. And to mediate as well on questions of stigma and prejudice, callousness and cruelty, the widespread and extraordinary intolerance of human diversity, and the horrors that those attitudes and behaviours heap on the heads of those whose lives are already extraordinarily difficult, and on the head of those who love and care for them”

Andrew Scull, Times Literary Supplement

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