Not many academics can be as good storytellers as Irvin Yalom. In case you haven’t heard of him, Irvin D. Yalom is an American existential psychiatrist who is an emeritus professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and a fiction and nonfiction author. I haven't had the chance to read some of his nonfiction, but his fiction novels are enchanting. He manages to intertwine psychology, philosophy with extraordinary storytelling. I think they are a great read for both academics and laymen. My favourite so far is The Schopenhauer Cure.
I came across an interesting fact that his new and unique view of the patient/client relationship has even been added to the curriculum in psychology programs at such schools as John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Do you know any additional info?
Also, I was wondering, are there any other authors that combine academic psychology or philosophy with fiction storytelling that you would recommend?