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Case Study
Released the same day as the standard print edition
Case Study
Written by:
Graeme Macrae Burnet 
Read by:
Serena ManteghiGraeme Rooney 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
9 hours 17 minutes 
October 07 2021 
Available Date:
October 07 2021 
Age Category:
Fiction; Historical Fiction; Literary Fiction; Psychological Fiction 
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Award winning author
UK Author
Booker longlisted author

Longlisted Dublin Literary Award 2023

'I have decided to write down everything that happens, because I feel, I suppose, I may be putting myself in danger.'

London, 1965. An unworldly young woman believes that a charismatic psychotherapist, Collins Braithwaite, has driven her sister to suicide. Intent on confirming her suspicions, she assumes a false identity and presents herself to him as a client, recording her experiences in a series of notebooks. But she soon finds herself drawn into a world in which she can no longer be certain of anything. Even her own character. In Case Study, Graeme Macrae Burnet presents these notebooks interspersed with his own biographical research into Collins Braithwaite. The result is a dazzling – and often wickedly humorous – meditation on the nature of sanity, identity and truth itself, by one of the most inventive novelists writing today.

'Such is Burnet’s skill that he immediately convinces the reader that everything he is about to say is based on historical fact … brilliantly depicted … intriguing … compulsive reading.'
The Irish Times

'Brilliant, bamboozling … Burnet captures his characters’ voices so brilliantly that what might have been just an intellectual game feels burstingly alive and engaging.'
The Telegraph

'Encourages us to look more closely at the inherent instability of fiction itself … genuinely affecting … a very funny book.'
The Guardian

'A novel of mind-bending brilliance ... Burnet is a master ... and Case Study shows him at the height of his powers.'
Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites and The Good People

Graeme Rooney and Serena Manteghi deliver engrossing performances of characters who become increasingly unreliable. During the 1960s Collins Braithwaite was a rising star in the world of psychotherapy. He published a single book, which launched him into the elite status of a public intellectual, despite his questionable treatment methods. After his death, an untouched series of his journal entries is delivered to an expert, who publishes them. Mangteghi handles the bulk of the audiobook, including portraying a young woman who assumed an alternate identity, posed as a patient, and infiltrated Braithwaite's practice. Graeme's portrayal of the Braithwaite expert who provides commentary throughout unbalances the listener even more. Both performances are cerebral and intriguing as they illuminate these slippery characters.