Party Animals Growing Up Communist
In conversation with psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz, award-winning journalist David Aaronovitch describes how writing Party Animals: Growing Up Communist, his memoir of early life amongst communists in Britain, led him to re-examine his own memories and then to study old secret service files, uncovering the unspoken shame and fears that provided the unconscious background to his own existence as a party animal.
David Aaronovitch is a writer and broadcaster on culture, international affairs, politics and the media. A Times columnist, his books include Voodoo Histories. He runs. Or tries to.
Stephen Grosz is a practising psychoanalyst, author of the bestselling The Examined Life. Born in America, educated at the University of California, Berkeley and at Oxford University, he teaches at the Institute of Psychoanalysis and in the Psychoanalysis Unit at University College London. image c. Bettina von Zwehl