The Book of Friendship

‘Fascinating and discerning,’ Michéle Roberts, Observer

Friendships define and even replace relationships with siblings and parents; they can last decades longer than some marriages, and be just as turbulent and passionate. Aristotle prized friendship. Kierkegaard judged it sinful. From playground to grave, friendships play a critical role in our lives. In The Book of Friendship (2011), Josie Barnard explores this elusive and potent phenomenon.  As well as on programmes such as BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour ‘Friendship Special’, Josie appeared at festivals including the South Bank’s ‘WOW’ to talk about The Book of Friendship.

Barnard, Josie (2011). The Book of Friendship. London: Virago