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.’
You can always rely on the Express to slide in studs up...
In this case, the suggestion that the new fee for third country citizens entering the EU, coming in 2023, is a "Brexit punishment".
It is a self-imposed flagellation, because WE decided to Brexit. EU didn't kick us out!
What is remarkable is how little interest most of the rest of the media is showing in the corruption at the heart of the Johnson Tories
The FT keeps going. Good. This needs to be addressed. It’s wrong. And dangerous. #Elliott https://twitter.com/financialtimes/status/1422648232157618181
Good piece. I agree with much of it. Our leaders do not appear to feel bound by any of the normal constitutional (or moral) constraints. And it’s not clear that parliament or much of the media (which would normally be among the constraints) are prepared to do much about it https://twitter.com/redhistorian/status/1422495567477936128
It's often said that Britain relies on a "good chaps theory of government": that the British constitution only works if operated by "good chaps", who choose to obey the rules.
I think that's wrong. Here's why.
My latest for @prospect_uk [Excerpts follow] https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/politics/has-the-good-chaps-theory-of-government-always-been-a-myth-peter-hennessy-boris-johnson
How many did you cut ?
We’ve recruited 9,814 extra police officers to cut crime and keep our communities safe 👮