Category: GQ Interviews
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
Younger Brits, denied FOM & Erasmus & opportunities across 27 friendly nations to live, work, thrive, love, eventually retire, are being sacrificed on the altar of a petty & destructive ideology driven by a clique of Brexiter tax-dodgers who have got this by lies & deceit.
Losing back control
Amazing after 1 hour 20 minutes queuing Border force suddenly opens the e gates and we are liberated. What was that about?
I’ll just leave this here, as certain politicians continue to discredit my character and our journalism. It is a transcript of an interview between @MishalHusain and @NikkiKF
To reiterate: this isn’t about politics. It isn’t about right v left it is about right v wrong. Truth.
But this suggests a border in the Irish Sea. It indicates too the possibility of non tariff trade barriers post Brexit. This cannot be. Because @BorisJohnson @michaelgove and the Vote leave cabinet said this would not happen. They weren’t lying and being charlatans surely?
A cameraman colleague has been attempting to use customs processes to get his kit back from GB to NI. Readers, it has not gone smoothly despite the involvement of a major logistics company.