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Tree tree-angle of the day … Haydock Park. Been speaking to head teachers. Fair to say major relief Big Gav gone. And despite the Tory mythology no tears shed for Nick Gibb. But wee Govey still seen as the man who did most of the damage. ...

LINK IN BIO for my @theneweuropean chat with Arsene Wenger on all things football. He is such a classy clever guy, always worth listening to. We talk @arsenal and how hard he found it to leave, @cristiano and why his move is not just about football, why @erling.haaland is as good as everyone says he is, why he loves the German ownership model, why he thinks @england can win the World Cup, and of course his new and controversial ideas for big changes in world football. Note the sneaky sneak in mention of @burnleyofficial ...

With thanks to Craig Schofield Tree of the Day wins because it is tidy tree of the day. Seville ...

Now that is a proper bookshelf. Thank you @foylesforbooks - just one vol missing. But seven out of eight not bad. All now signed! Popped in to get @tristramhuntva new book on Wedgwood for @therealfionamillar and some German books for me. Good selection tho shop tells me Brexit making it harder and more expensive to get the new ones quickly. The disaster that keeps on disastering ...

Congratulations to 🇳🇴 new prime minister @jonasgahrs and to @arbeiderpartiet for a really strong campaign. He can now be added to the book!! For the Labour Party to win against a Conservative government in one of the richest countries in the world shows what is possible when you fight for big and bold objectives and take on difficult arguments. Pic was taken in the Grand Cafe Oslo, Ibsen’s favourite haunt. If ever you’re there check it out. Good luck Jonas and whatever coalition you now form. ...

Supply chains not working, HGV driver shortage, and now raw sewage into the rivers because of lack of chemicals … in the ‘Brexit consequences’ section of German media … no mention blue passports and all the other, er, triumphs ...

Tree of the Day … all about the colour ...

Tree of the Day … ...

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.’

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