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.’
Femi you are going above and beyond the call of duty in forcing yourself to listen to these clowns and charlatans continuing to pretend all is going so well with their beloved Brexit.
I've snuck into a Brexit event at the fringes of Tory Conference.
So far all I've heard is Patrick Minford questioning the economic expertise of the Office of Budget Responsibility, and praising the Tory Tax cuts.
They have been there for 12 years and this is a speech of a man admitting they have failed to meet their objectives but somehow the new plan from Kamikwasi Tross will work out really really well. Just shut up and go away.
Watch live: Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng delivers a speech to the Conservative Party conference after he and Prime Minister Liz Truss made a U-turn on plans to abolish the 45p rate of tax.
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We’re pretty shit at this stuff aren’t we?
caption contest (pic via FT’s Charlie Bibby)
I’m told person who just turned up to the pro-European event, and decided to leave as he couldn't get in, said:
"you should have swapped with the event in the main hall, I think there's more here than in there"
Complete sea-change at