Kathryn Mannix on How to Have Life Changing Conversations

Dr Kathryn Mannix has spent her medical career working with people who have incurable, advanced illnesses. Starting in cancer care and changing career to become a pioneer of the new discipline of palliative medicine, she has worked as a palliative care consultant in hospices, hospitals and in patients’ own homes, optimising quality of life even as death is approaching.

She is the author of With the End in Mind, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Prize and became a Sunday Times bestseller.

In this event, Kathryn discusses her profound new book, Listen: How to Find the Words for Tender Conversations, a book about the hardest conversations we have in life and how to do them right – honestly and without regret. Kathryn is in conversation with Julia Samuel, one of the UK’s leading psychotherapists and bestselling author of This Too Shall Pass and GriefWorks.

‘Combining case studies with psychological insight, Mannix deconstructs those all-important, life-changing conversations we must have, offering invaluable advice and wisdom on how we can all communicate more effectively.’ – Waterstone’s

‘This wise, gentle and profound book will not only help us to keep walking. It will teach us how to dance.’ – Joanna Cannon

Kathryn has spoken and written widely on this important yet sensitive topic, including in her recent Guardian article, 10 ways to approach a sensitive conversation.


Facilitator Dr Kathryn Mannix, Good Grief Bristol

Dr Kathryn Mannix

Julia Samuel MBE