A Man of Understanding
By Diana Janney
Published By

Cogito Publishing Limited

ISBN 9781919605319
Publication Date 04/07/2022
Price 8.99
Paperback Hyperlink http://www.amazon.co.uk/


When Blue’s parents die suddenly, he is sent to live in the mountains of Mallorca with his grandfather, Horatio, whom he’s never met. Blue discovers that Horatio is a published poet and philosopher, and a bond develops between them. But when secrets emerge, will Blue’s life be shattered once again?

Authors Biography

Diana Janney is the author of the novels ‘The Choice’ and ‘The Infinite Wisdom of Harriet Rose’, which is translated into four languages, produced as an audiobook and film rights were sold. Formerly a barrister, she read Philosophy at University College London, receiving a First for her Masters thesis.


‘A story of bereavement and a story of healing. This is a well-written and flowing story and the poetry included is elegant…beautiful.’ Lovereading, Indie Books We Love

‘In my opinion, A Man of Understanding should be classed as a modern literary classic. It is stunning.’ Novel Delights, 5 Stars

‘A melding of word art, emotional turmoil and entwining it with such a firm grasp on existential thoughts and fears. I adored it…Beautiful work’ Cheryl M-M’s Book Blog, 5 Stars

‘A novel that is multi-layered…Such a poetic novel in every way. I could say I felt almost honoured to read A Man of Understanding’ Beyond The Books

‘It definitely left a tear or two in my eyes. It also left me thinking….. That, for me, is the mark of a great novel’ Lisa Loves Literature, 5 Stars

‘So beautifully written…Emotional, thought-provoking and a beautiful story of two people bonding slowly and finding their way in life after their loss.’ Book Reviews for u

‘Granga talks, philosophises, teaches Blue about poetry, good food and Aristotle and the Golden Mean….It’s just beautiful and it made me cry.’ Bookchatter@cookiebiscuit, 5 Stars

‘The characters (even minor) are rich, the settings are vivid and the story is riveting’ W.D. Hart, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Illinois, Chicago.

‘It is one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read… I finished reading the book with tears in my eyes…. it’s something really special’ @bookwormblogss

Leave a comment about this book:


  1. Intense. A quality novel.

  2. The elegance of Janney’s prose and the kinship the reader acquires with the characters is quite extraordinary. I didnt want it to finish.

  3. This book could have been pretentious, snobby and aimed at a reader with an MA in philosophy at least to understand it, let alone appreciate its beauty. But it isn’t. You don’t need to like poetry (though I do) or have read Aristotle or Kant (I haven’t) to love it. It’s just beautiful and it made me cry.

  4. I absolutely loved reading this book. It made such a deep impression, through the author’s wonderful insights into the human mind and the complexity of relationships. The beautiful poetry and prose not only evoked a remembrance of one’s own experiences through the development of the story, the characters and the philosophy of human interactions but also elicited the bitter-sweet, thought-provoking humble bewilderment of memories and how we can grow from them. I found myself revisiting my understanding of the perceptions and experiences of others and how these can form a point of reference for personal growth. A book that can be so inspiring and can touch the soul is deserving of the highest recognition.

  5. Highly recommended!

  6. Loved it

  7. A novel that is multi layered and created the space for me to mull over the meaning of grief, love and guilt in friendship, and within a family. I have not read a book as philosophical as this for quite some time. The plot is there to give a starting point and a little framework through which I could reflect on the themes that Horatio and Blue raised as the story developed.

    Such a poetic novel in every way. I could say I felt almost honoured to read A Man of Understanding, I felt like I shared their journey and even became a little more aware from the feelings and thoughts it brought up. I could say I may have blinked a little tear away too.

  8. A beautifully written novel and a truly enjoyable reading experience.

  9. MOU draws on two established genres, the coming-of-age novel and the philosophical treatise. In asking what matters in life, and how we might find fulfillment, Janney quotes influences from Aristotle to Kant. While she immerses us in her characters’ inner lives, it is in her use of poetry to bring them together that she is most inspired and original, helping to bring the narrative to its satisfying end.

  10. A great book for Christmas!

  11. An excellent book.

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  13. Great book

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