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
About to ride bike and rage at the uselessness, incompetence and venality of the @BorisJohnson government on so many fronts. Wish I could do more. If I was forty odd years younger I think I would be taking to the streets by now. These people are far far worse than Thatcher! 1/2
If private schools had been treated the way of state schools in this downgrading of exam results, Williamson would have resigned by now and Johnson would have reversed the downgrade
This is a straight class and power issue which goes to the heart of Tory-run England
Utterly disgusting that schools like ours - serving disadvantaged communities - have suffered the most from a badly designed algorithm and a complete lack of common sense and competence. @GavinWilliamson @RealGeoffBarton
England A-level downgrades hit pupils from disadvantaged areas hardest
Analysis also shows pupils at private schools benefited most from algorithm
At least the American liar puts himself before press and people regularly. The British lying equivalent (no prizes for guessing) confines his comms to home videos and when journalists do get near most are so pathetically grateful they lose the cojones to ask a question like this
Blimey. White House reporter gets a question after years of not being picked, and asks this humdinger