‘ground-breaking book on the transformative power of play’ Why We Play, snapped up by Thread

Joanna Fortune’s

Claire Bord has acquired World English Language rights to Why We Play by psychotherapist Joanna Fortune from literary agent Marianne Gunn O’Connor.

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Claire Bord has acquired World English Language rights to Why We Play by psychotherapist Joanna Fortune from literary agent Marianne Gunn O’Connor.


Drawing on over twenty years of neuroscientific research and clinical practice, Joanna has discovered that play is central to the human experience – and is the key to living a happier, joyful life.


Claire said:  ‘Joanna reveals how we’re never too old for play and her proven approach is full of practical advice, simple techniques and insights that show how play is the key to alleviating stress, unlocking creativity and problem-solving, strengthening relationships and forms an important part of trauma recovery.’


Joanna commented: ‘As children playing is how we make sense of the world and our place in it but as adults we often forget how to play. Play shapes our experiences and relationships with others and I want to give people the tools to help them integrate play into daily life, and show them what a positive difference it can make.’


Why We Play will be published in ebook, paperback original, and audio on 14th September 2022.

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