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
Well said @emilythornberry No way in the world a serious Opposition that cares about the future of the country can support any Brexit deal now left on offer. As I say in this week’s @TheNewEuropean
Yesterday in the House, I confronted Liz Truss with her own Department’s report on the question she’s repeatedly refused to answer: what’s the difference, in pounds and pence, between her Japan deal and the EU-Japan deal it replaces? She didn’t look happy.
Fascinating graph in the @FT today. Worst place for a country to be is bottom left, best is top right.
Trees of the Day pics 3/4 have to take 2nd place to two photos someone sent today to remind me of the great day I spent with Diego Maradona. First @teamginola laughing as DM dances to my bagpipes. Then one with the great man before our 1/1 training session. Small is beautiful RIP
I see the #Brexit zealots are banging the drum for a No-Deal end to Transition.
NoDeal = -6% GDP
FTA = -4% GDP
Tory manifesto promises a deal; No-Deal isn't covered, so no mandate for it. That's what they were elected on.
Here's how they've gaslit us to this point: