‘Whoever thinks that Lacanian theory is utterly incomprehensible and clinically irrelevant should read Philip Hill’s book. It is a worthy and rich successor to hisĀ Lacan for Beginners.

Professor Paul Verhaeghe
Ghent University, Belgium.


I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and I think it is great. It is very good for students at an advanced level . . . but especially good for the formation of psychotherapists and psychoanalysts.

Rik Loose
Director, Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, LSB College, Dublin, Ireland.


[I]t is wonderful. Very lucid . . . and much important practical information about other schools of thought. I am very, very impressed. I would recommend this book unhesitatingly.

Rivka Warshavsky
Editor of theĀ Almanac of Psychoanalysis,
Teacher in the Clinical Section of the Freudian Field in Tel Aviv, Israel.


With exemplary clarity and unusual perceptiveness Philip Hill shows how Lacan’s work originates in and directly applies to instances of human suffering and conflict which every professional, with a psychologist, medical doctor, teacher or social worker, is bound to encounter during his or her daily activities. Drawing on his vast knowledge of Lacan’s writings and seminars, Hill demonstrates that Lacanian psychoanalysis does not belong within the arts and humanities but within every setting where speech is operative . . . This is exactly what makes this book different from so many other contributions to Lacanian psychoanalysis, and what will guarantee its success as a clinical manual and source of reference.

Dany Nobus
Brunel University, England.


I find Hill’s text to be a very useful handbook for Lacanian technique, and I shall have cause to consult it many times in the future . . . He has taught me a new respect for what I call the hidden assumptions of Lacanian theory and technique. It is highly organized and internally consistent in many ways . . . the author has done a signal service for those psychoanalysts and psychotherapists whose training lies outside the school of Lacan . . . Hill’s presentation ranks, in my opinion, among the best clarifications of Lacan’s ideas . . . Hill’s work is a true textbook-as-handbook for Lacanian thinking and practice, one which Lacanians as well as non-Lacanians should refer to over and over again.

Professor James Grotstein
UCLA School of Medicine, USA