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The 'life unlived' with Adam Phillips and Helen Dunmore

43 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 25 June 2012

On Start the Week Andrew Marr goes in search of a better life. The psychoanalyst Adam Phillips praises the life unlived: the people we have failed to be, and explores how far frustration is interlinked with satisfaction. While the philosopher Julian Baggini argues that Aristotle has more to tell us about how to live than Freud. The writer Helen Dunmore slips between past and present, and in her latest collection of poems stories of loss intermingle with rediscovery. And the scientist Frances Ashcroft has transformed the lives of those born with diabetes, and discusses how her breakthrough gave meaning to her own life.


    Adam Phillips is a psychoanalyst and author.

    'Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life' is published by Hamish Hamilton.

    Adam Phillips

    Julian Baggini is a writer and founding editor of The Philosophers’ Magazine.

    'The Shrink and the Sage: A Guide to Living', co-written with Antonia Macaro, is published by Icon Books.

    Julian Baggini

    Helen Dunmore is a poet, novelist, short story and children’s writer.

    'The Malarkey' is published by Bloodaxe Books.

    Helen Dunmore

    Frances Ashcroft is Professor of Physiology at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford.

    'The Spark of Life: Electricity in the Human Body' is published by Allen Lane.

    Frances Ashcroft


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