Juliet Grayson (Class of 1977) has had her book Landscapes of the Heart: The working world of a sex and relationship therapist nominated as a finalist for The People’s Book Prize. This is the only major book prize in which the winners are determined entirely by a public vote. There has been stiff competition, with hundreds of titles nominated nationally this year by their publishers. Forty non-fiction books were then put to a public vote which has now been whittled down to just 12 finalists. This literature award has had several significant previous winners including best-selling children’s author and TV celebrity David Walliams for his first book Mr Stink. It is a major stepping stone for new authors, and this is the first book written by Juliet Grayson, who was in the class of '77, starting as a pupil in Acton and subsequently moving with the school to Elstree.
Commenting on the nomination Juliet Grayson said: “I was thrilled that my publishers, Jessica Kingsley, initially put me forward for this award. And I’m bursting with excitement that I’ve had enough votes to be a finalist, and spread the work about the Pesso Boyden System of Psychotherapy, PBSP, the most powerful and effective therapeutic method I have discovered in 25 years as a therapist.”
Juliet explains, “PBSP works with the body, enabling the client to have a sensory experience of feeling seen, heard, cradled and supported. This creates a new ‘virtual’ memory that lives alongside, and supersedes, the painful memory of the past. These satisfying ‘new memories’ serve as antidotes to the memories of hurt and betrayal that the client has been living with and help the client experience pleasure, satisfaction, meaning and connectedness.”
The book has its own website www.landscapesoftheheart.co.uk and you can find more about Juliet at www.julietgrayson.com Juliet runs group sessions using PBSP in West London, Oxfordshire, Bristol and South Wales.
The People’s Book Prize winner will be announced on 8 May 2019 following a further public vote, at the Stationers Hall in London, with patron of the foundation Frederick Forsyth CBE presenting the awards. The second round of voting takes place from 1 - 30 April. To support Juliet, and help a psychotherapist to win, you can vote for Landscapes of the Heart at: