Troubador Fifty Minutes

Released: 28/06/2020

ISBN: 9781838593612

eISBN: 9781838598235

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Fifty Minutes

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Introducing readers to the world of counselling and psychotherapy, Fifty Minutes is a collection of fictional dialogues. As readers witness therapy sessions and their impact upon the ordinary lives of the characters, they gain a unique insight into the nature of the work, without textbook jargon.


A host of characters populate Fifty Minutes. Readers meet Tess, who is coming to the end of her life and wants to share some old feelings that never really left her; Meg, who is processing the end of a long-term illicit relationship which gets muddled with grieving for her suicidal mother; and Jack and Christine, a married couple on the brink of collapse. Even the therapist with no name has her own life experiences that get a little muddled in the work.

What is therapy and how does it help with the necessary dilemmas that we suffer and face during the lifespan? Fifty Minutes demonstrates the complexity, but also the value of treating one another with humility, compassion and acceptance.

I absolutely loved this-- I loved being able to see not only the story of clients, but also that of the therapists throughout each fifty minute session. As someone who struggles with going to therapy, I was able to relate to some of the clients, and some of the therapists and clients conclusions hit hard. When some of the clients were angry with the therapists responses, I found myself understanding finally why therapy works the way it does and how it may not seem so to begin with. I am unsure whether I just do not understand the "point" of the story, but while I followed along, I did feel as though there was some part missing, though I do not know what.

by Chloe


The description of the book really caught my eye. I was curious to see what issues the characters would have, and how the therapist would react, where the train of thoughts would go.

The book starts with a intro, that looked a bit too much to me - a bit too dramatic, given I expected something a bit more realistic, non-fictional explanation before we met the fictional characters. It wasn't bad per se, but definitely not what I expected, which disappointed me a bit.
After the intro, we get to see session after session, with some of the patients appearing only for one session, some for more. It was interesting to see an array of some very different people being presented, although I'm a bit surprised in how many of the cases cheating was involved - I think with only one patient character we don't see it at all. I was, in a way, hoping to see more diverse issues between the patients.
In the text we also see how the therapist thinks and feels while the patients talk with her, which adds an interesting touch to the sessions. However, I was a bit surprised at the therapist's own feelings and reactions at moments, then again - as many different people there are, there at at least that many different reactions that could occur, and they weren't unrealistic, just surprising to me.

Throughout the book, the narrator is the therapist, which makes the book feel a bit like a memoir. Reading the book was overall a nice journey and, while I don't personally feel moved by the stories, I can see how they could affect, even help other readers.

by Oxana


As someone who strongly believes in therapy and goes on a semi-regular basis this book was amazing. I really connected to the skepticism that a lot of people face when going into therapy, the wanting to hide how they are feeling, how they want to put on a front of how they are really truly feeling. They avoid the help they truly need. This book really opened my eyes to how much more honest I need to be with myself, and my therapist if I want help. Plus the stories were pretty exciting and interesting! I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

by Mandy


Julie Webb brings you into fictional dialogues in the therapy room that make you think. The patients all have concerns that they want to work through and through guidance, solutions are usually developed. It can be very helpful to read to better consult your own problems or just make you think about things from a new perspective..

This can also be a great introduction to therapy if you are afraid or anxious of what a therapy appointment is like.

by Audi


The description of the book really caught my eye. I was curious to see what issues the characters would have, and how the therapist would react, where the train of thoughts would go.

The book starts with a intro, that looked a bit too much to me - a bit too dramatic, given I expected something a bit more realistic, non-fictional explanation before we met the fictional characters. It wasn't bad per se, but definitely not what I expected, which disappointed me a bit.
After the intro, we get to see session after session, with some of the patients appearing only for one session, some for more. It was interesting to see an array of some very different people being presented, although I'm a bit surprised in how many of the cases cheating was involved - I think with only one patient character we don't see it at all. I was, in a way, hoping to see more diverse issues between the patients.
In the text we also see how the therapist thinks and feels while the patients talk with her, which adds an interesting touch to the sessions. However, I was a bit surprised at the therapist's own feelings and reactions at moments, then again - as many different people there are, there at at least that many different reactions that could occur, and they weren't unrealistic, just surprising to me.

Throughout the book, the narrator is the therapist, which makes the book feel a bit like a memoir. Reading the book was overall a nice journey and, while I don't personally feel moved by the stories, I can see how they could affect, even help other readers.

by Oxana


What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be our 'self'? How can we overcome the painful problems and behaviours that cause suffering? How do we live with grief and loss? How can therapy help?

These fictionalized stories of individuals in therapy not only make for fascinating reading, they also illuminate some of the answers to these questions. The author's foreword alone makes the book worth reading and each character's story and problem are relatable and compelling.

Highly recommended to anyone interested in the therapeutic process or for fans of shows such as the HBO series "In Treatment".

by Urbano


This was a unique read.
Well written, interesting.
Short chapters, therapy sessions.
Deals with death, suicide, cancer and more...
Insightful and not boring at all.
Easy, quick, read but interesting from the start.
This made me think about life, struggles... how I wish I was strong enough to open up to someone....

I recommend it.

by Maryline


As someone who has spent time in therapy and contemplated the idea of pursuing a career in counseling, I really enjoyed this novel. It was fascinating to "see" things from the side of the therapist and I appreciated gaining a better understanding of some of the approaches which counselors use. There was nothing clinical about the story - it felt accessible even for someone who has no experience with the topic (as either patient or practitioner).

The book reads somewhat like a play, as the majority of the narrative is told exclusively through dialogue, yet it still flowed as novel, with moments of self-reflection and explanation by the therapist character. I appreciated this - sometimes I find myself getting lost in dialogue - and the moments of explanation/self-reflection offered up helped to ground me in aspects of the story. It also allowed me the chance to build connection with the main character, something which was definitely needed, as the cast of characters was changing literally every chapter. The stories each character shared were "everyday" experiences - there were no lavish or outlandish tales - which added to the text's relatability.

Overall, Fifty Minutes was a light read (got done with it in an afternoon) that offered an enjoyable look into the mind of a therapist and the practice of therapy. An enjoyable read!

by Dutch


Fifty Minutes is immersing and complex. I enjoyed following the characters through the different aspects of their lives. Seeing peoples' lives fifty minutes at a time is an interesting perspective and I found that it made me self reflect. In the snippets of their lives, I was able to see parts of my own life and was able to do some self reflecting.

Fifty Minutes discusses a myriad of life events so read with caution if you are trying to avoid certain triggers.

by Joni


This book has such a unique premise. Some of the stories are hard going, it's not a light look through the window of the therapy room. But definitely worth reading.

by Susan


I enjoyed this book. I liked seeing things from a therapists point of view and the characters life through their therapy sessions. It did get a little annoying when the therapist repeated their questions back constantly but I understand why this was done. Overall a good book.

by NetGalley review


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