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Two men who’ve been at the heart of the political world - former Downing Street Director of Communications and Strategy Alastair Campbell and cabinet minister Rory Stewart - join forces from across the political divide. The Rest Is Politics lifts the lid on the secrets of Westminster, offering an insider’s view on politics at home and abroad, while bringing back the lost art of disagreeing agreeably.

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Early evening moon over Mont Ventoux ...

My own Tree of the Day is having a day off in honour of the @woodlandtrust shortlisting for Tree of the Year. See LINK IN BIO for the full list. Marvellous. ...

Nice time for a bike ride when the shadows get long. And @rorystewartuk wonders why I love my 🚴 more than him!!! All part of the @restispolitics bingo game to be launched on the pod tomorrow (along with lots of other subjects like the economy, Taiwan, Ukraine Amnesty report row, and of course the never ending Tory shit show (my words not Rory’s!) plus some exciting news about our next life event in one of my fave venues. ...

Tree of the Day from last night. Why is the tree near perfect focus but @therealfionamillar and Skye are a blur? ...

Thank you Brendan Rowlands for this magnificent Tree of the Day on the North Yorkshire Moors ...

My Tree of the Day is sending an important message to the world. You can send your lorries to smash me. You can send your local authority tree cutters to lop branches off me. But I am still standing and I am going to keep on keeping on and I reckon I will still be here when lots of you passers by are gone …. ...

Thanks for the incredible support @restispolitics … 3 episodes this week and here they are at 1, 2 and 3 in the UK charts. Did even Elvis and the Beatles ever do that? Nice to see @josh_widdicombe getting the final Champions League slot ...

William Hague on @restispolitics giving very good advice to the next PM on how to deal with Johnson. Shorthand version —- BURY HIM. LINK IN BIO. getting great feedback on the chat. ...

My Latest Book

Living Better – Paperback Cover

Living Better (Paperback)

How I Learned To Survive Depression

by

Alastair Campbell




"Superbly readable, supremely useful. This book could save lives."

Stephen Fry

LIVING BETTER is Alastair Campbell’s honest, moving and life affirming account of his lifelong struggle with depression. It is an autobiographical, psychological and psychiatric study, which explores his own childhood, family and other relationships, and examines the impact of his professional and political life on himself and those around him. But it also lays bare his relentless quest to understand depression not just through his own life but through different treatments. Every bit as direct and driven, clever and candid as he is, this is a book filled with pain, but also hope - he examines how his successes have been in part because of rather than despite his mental health problems - and love. His partner of forty years, Fiona Millar, writes a moving afterword on how she too has learned to live with his depression.

Depression is the predominant mental health problem worldwide - it is estimated that 1 in 6 people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem and major depression is thought to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide. LIVING BETTER is a call to arms and an extraordinary memoir in one compelling and inspiring narrative. This is a book that really could save lives.

Alastair Campbell says: ‘We all know someone with depression. There is barely a family untouched by it. We may be talking about it more than we did, back in the era of 'boys don't cry' - they did you know - and when a brave face or a stiff upper lip or a best foot forward was seen as the only way to go. But we still don't talk about it enough. There is still stigma, and shame, and taboo. There is still the feeling that admitting to being sad or anxious makes us weak. It took me years, decades even to get to this point, but I passionately believe that the reverse is true and that speaking honestly about our feelings and experiences (whether as a depressive or as the friend or relative of a depressive) is the first and best step on the road to recovery.’