I enjoyed seeing Maggie and her ministers at the Saatchis’ bash last night, but Labour strategist Philip Gould seemed the most on the ball about where politics may be heading.Read More
Author: Alastair Campbell
Many thanks to James Macintyre of the New Statesman for failing to shed any light on something I may or may not have said about how long it is possible for someone to survive a media frenzy. It appears that he spent considerable...Read More
Many many thanks to those who applied the term ‘Cantonesque’ to my phonehacking tweet yesterday. This is praise indeed in our household, though in this case undeserved. To recap, it said ‘Hope MPs don’t...Read More
If so, check your diary and go to http://www.beatbloodcancers.org/kevinspacey I promise, as someone who has enjoyed a few nights out with Kevin Spacey, that you won’t regret the investment. What’s more, you will be...Read More
The Coulson/phonehack saga is a story not just about him and Number 10, but about the role of the media more generally, and the role of the police.Read More
My Latest Book
Better To Live
How I Learnt 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
BETTER TO LIVE 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. BETTER TO LIVE 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 BETTER TO LIVE provokes a far wider and more honest understanding of the condition" – JON SNOW
@campbellclaret Been debating this with @Samfr. Get in the military to organise logistics: kits, chemical reagents, lab capacity, drive-thru testing sites, tracing using smart App. Give them whatever powers & expertise they need. Public Health England is a science org not a logistics one
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@campbellclaret We need announcements to Parliament rather than these woeful briefings, with the ability to question. They can organise that virtually, the level of communication is woeful. The impression is the Government doesn't have a plan