So there I was, tapping away at the computer, and it just went dead. Kaput. Bye-bye. In our household, I know not how to deal with these things, but Fiona does and she has now got someone in who is sorting it, but in the...Read More
Author: Alastair Campbell
I don’t know if Malcolm Tucker is to be killed off now that the coalition has replaced Labour, or if a new coalition version may replace him, but if the latter is the case, he/she and its scriptwriters may want to be aware...Read More
The great thing about writing a blog, as opposed to a newspaper column, or an editorial, is that when you can’t be arsed, you don’t have to. One of the many bad things about our papers is that there are too many...Read More
As I got very wet cycling round and round the Emirates Stadium this morning, I was pondering whether a man could have got away with calling Danny Alexander a ‘ginger rodent.’ Maybe – that was the conclusion I...Read More
I only agreed to do the Chester Literature Festival because it was on a Friday night and I reckoned there would be a good chance Burnley would be at home on the Saturday. A calculated guess rather banjaxed by the fixtures...Read More
My Latest Book
How I Learned To Survive Depression
"Superbly readable, supremely useful. Unflinching, clear-eyed, honest, raw and revealing, it may be the most important achievement of Alastair Campbell’s vivid and varied life. 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.
"One can only hope that LIVING BETTER provokes a far wider and more honest understanding of the condition" – JON SNOW
And here is another shot of the same tree from a different angle. Gold for Yorkshire !!
Tree of the Day from Neil Atkinson, Brimham Rocks, nr Harrogate. Another win the day after Harrogate football team made it into the Football League. Success breeds success.
"He always believed it was going to happen."
@campbellclaret tells @markaustintv that former SDLP leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume 'will go down in history as one of the good architects of the Good Friday Agreement'.
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Apparent success - copyright @BorisJohnson
This is extraordinary. And an extraordinary catastrophe. Johns Hopkins have calculated the highest COVID-19 mortality rates across the world in the most affected countries. The UK comes out top (led by England no doubt) HR @StefSimanowitz https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/mortality