Author(s): Charles Fernyhough
For Charles Fernyhough, the birth of his daughter Athena was an opportunity to re-evaluate much of what he had learned as a researcher in developmental psychology. Drawing on the detailed notes he made during her infancy, Fernyhough uses Athena's story to explain how a child's mind develops before the age of three, tapping into a parent's wonder at the processes of psychological development in an engaging, child-centered way. It is written with a father's tenderness and a novelist's empathy and style.
'[A] tender, beautifully written account A... Fernyhough provides an accessible, jargon-free guide to the basis and development of language, consciousness and autonomy.' - The Scotsman'A triumph of informed imagination and a startling testament of love' Sunday Telegraph'Fernyhough's source material is diverse and eclecticA... a hymn to a child from a loving father.' Sunday Herald'It takes a writer as graceful, thoughtful and intelligent as Fernyhough to carry off this retelling.' Daily Telegraph'An ambitious and highly intelligent piece of work' Financial Times
Charles Fernyhough studied developmental psychology at Cambridge University and is now a lecturer and writer. He lives with his wife and two children. He is the author of a novel, The Auctioneer (Fourth Estate,1999).