Psychiatrist in the Chair

The Official Biography of Anthony Clare

by Brendan Kelly & Muiris Houston

The first biography of the much-loved Irish psychiatrist, writer and broadcaster Anthony Clare (1942-2007). Featuring exclusive interviews with Clare’s friends, family and celebrity interviewees, and previously unpublished images from Clare’s personal papers.

Psychiatrist In The Chair - front cover and side view of book

About Muiris Houston

Dr Muiris Houston is an experienced medical journalist, writer and health strategist

He has written a weekly medical/health column for The Irish Times for over 20 years. He has also made a significant contribution to the newspaper as an editorial and comment writer.

His first book, a biography of psychiatrist Anthony Clare, co-written with Prof Brendan Kelly, is published in October 2020.

"Psychiatrist in the Chair" early reviews

"This book explores his life in the same depth that Clare himself would have expected as one of our greatest broadcasters.... In their often fascinating new biography, Psychiatrist in the Chair, Brendan Kelly and Muiris Houston describe his fruitful interviewing style".

Irish Independent
Kim Bielenberg

"This official biography of Clare shows us the psychiatrist and researcher as well as the media star of BBC Radio 4’s In the Psychiatrist’s Chair....What the book does, admirably, is give a truer picture of the man the tabloids dubbed Shrink to the Stars".

Irish Times
Olivia O'Leary

Muiris has written for the following publications

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Sunday Business Post
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British Medical Journal logo
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