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
@campbellclaret I was hoping you could share this tweet. My brother in law and two crew members went missing at sea off the North Wales coast 4 weeks ago. The three families impacted by this tragedy are trying to raise money to find the boat and bring the boys home to rest.
George Eustice wrote to the EU expressing surprise over shellfish.
The EU wrote back to Eustice two days later, reminding him of the letter he'd written to stakeholders on Dec 10 detailing the position - the one he was claiming to have been surprised by.
I wonder about this all the time. That and the fact that journalism just doesn't work any more. It's like commentating on a house fire. You can narrate the bodies burning. But you can't get the smell of human flesh out of your hair. https://twitter.com/NickCohen4/status/1366712420547313664
1/ Can you help me out? I am trying to imagine what kind of scandal would frighten Johnson and politicians like him. The scandals that brought down 20th century politicians don’t touch them.