Provocations: Mortal Secrets – Freud, Vienna and the discovery of the modern mind

Provocations: Frank Tallis in conversation with Samira Ahmed. In house-only.

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6 March, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

£20 – £25

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Frank Tallis and Samira Ahmed - Provocations

Join us for a series of evening events at the Freud Museum titled Provocations, or Difficult Conversations in the Home of the Talking Cure curated by Rachel Cooke. In-house only.


In tonight’s event Frank Tallis will be in conversation with Samira Ahmed.


“Few psychotherapists write with the clarity of Tallis”


From 1890 and through the early years of the 20th century, Vienna was a dazzling city, powered by a number of extraordinary people: artists like Klimt and Schiele, thinkers such as Theodor Herzl, and fashion icons like the Empress Sisi. Conversations in coffee houses and salons spurred advances in almost every area of human endeavour: science, politics, philosophy, the arts. But the place where the influence of early 20th century Vienna is still at its strongest is in our heads, thanks to Vienna’s most celebrated resident, Sigmund Freud. In Mortal Secrets, Frank Tallis, the well known writer and psychologist, tells the story of both Freud’s life, and Vienna’s golden age.




Dr Frank Tallis is a clinical psychologist and the author of several acclaimed books about psychology, including Lovesick (an exploration of the relationship between romantic love and mental illness), The Incurable Romantic (a clinical memoir) and The Act of Living: What the Great Psychologists can Teach us about Surviving Discontent in an Age of Anxiety. He is also the author of several crime novels including Mortal Mischief, which was shortlisted for the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award; Darkness Rising and Deadly Communion. The Liebermann books have been translated into fourteen languages and adapted for television as the series Vienna Blood.


Samira Ahmed is award-winning journalist and broadcaster. She presents Front Row on Radio 4 and Newswatch on BBC1. In 2020, she was named British Broadcasting Press Guild audio presenter of the year. Her acclaimed BBC4 series Art of Persia (2020) was one of the first major Western tv series to be filmed in Iran for 40 years. Previously, she was an anchor and correspondent for Channel 4 News. In April 2023, she made headlines around the world after uncovering the earliest complete concert recording of the Beatles in Britain, at Stowe School in 1963. An honorary fellow of St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, she is a trustee of the Centre for Women’s Justice and on the advisory board of the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford.


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Mortal Secrets: Freud, Vienna and the Discovery of the Modern Mind by Frank Tallis is available to purchase from the Freud Museum Shop.

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Provocations: Two Sisters – Blake Morrison in conversation with Rachel Cooke – 28 February 

Provocations: Mortal Secrets – Frank Tallis in conversation with Samira Ahmed – 6 March 

Provocations: A Thread of Violence – Mark O’Connell in conversation with Dr Carine Minne – 14 March

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Tickets include a welcome drink, book signing, plus special after-hours viewing of the Museum.

Freud Museum Members and Patrons receive 20% off the standard ticket price on all events, courses, conferences and On Demand programming.



The purpose of this event is to raise funds for the Freud Museum London, which receives no regular public income.




6 March
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
£20 – £25
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