Anna is a vivacious young woman in her first teaching job and enjoying the early years of marred life with her husband, Paul. Every Blade of Grass takes the reader on a gripping journey in which Anna’s life is turned upside down by a series of disturbing events following her emergency admission to hospital with severe abdominal pains. When no physical answer is found, doctors refer her for psychotherapy after deciding that there must be a psychological component behind her reported symptoms. This referral sets in train a catalogue of events that lead to the painful disintegration of her hitherto tranquil and well-ordered life. As her treatment proceeds, Anna and her family are gradually subjected to a dark and frightening ‘trial by therapy’.
Author Richard Schaeffer lives in the South East of England, and is an experienced psychologist who has written many books and scientific papers on topics in psychology, education and health. This novel is inspired by actual events which took place in Britain’s National Health Service towards the end of the twentieth century, and follows a family whose lives have been torn apart by the actions of an over-zealous and irresponsible therapist using ‘recovered memory’ techniques.
This novel will appeal to those who enjoy gripping adult fiction.With endorsements from Lawrence Weiskrantz, Emeritus Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, and Katharine Mair, retired Clinical Psychologist and author, it will also be of interest to psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers.