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Chris Barker, The Hearts of Men: Tales of Happiness and Despair, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 2007, 217p.


The Hearts of Men reveals the emotional lives of men as told in their own words. With gut-wrenching honesty more than a hundred men from all walks of life share their stories with Chris Barker. They include sportsmen, executives, retired soldiers, homeless drug users, Buddhists and members of the men’s movement. What Chris Barker finds is a striking divergence in the ways in which men’s emotional lives can generate personal happiness or despair. The book shows that men do talk about their emotions and with a surprising degree of insight. Thoughtful, provocative and carefully researched, The Hearts of Men reveals much about emotion and happiness, and the possibility of change, both for men and their partners and families.