My Latest Book
Living Better (Paperback)
How I Learned To Survive Depression
"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.’
Anyone would think they didn’t have a clue how to do the jobs the Tory Party has voted them into
Yet another curiosity of the 45pm U-turn – it was done *after* Liz Truss did a round of ITV regional interviews, but *before* the embargo on the interviews, meaning we now get to watch a series of TV clips of the PM defending a policy she has abandoned. https://twitter.com/ITVEmmaH/status/1576882726120337411
Kwarteng's "£45bn package of tax cuts has now become a £43bn package - a rounding error in the context of the public finances."
"He still has a lot of work to do if he is to display a credible commitment to fiscal sustainability."
Our full statement> https://ifs.org.uk/news/ifs-response-u-turn-plan-cut-45p-income-tax-rate
@campbellclaret One-by-one so many spineless Tory ministers were wheeled out by CCHQ swearing black was white and white was black even though their beloved, ultimately disgraced, emperor Alexander Boris de Pfeffel bloody Johnson was naked from the moment he set foot in No10. Rinse & repeat. 🤬
Another one whose credibility Bank reserves are running very very low
U-turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning.