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.’
to use his own words, trapped inside a cage. He was so much better and worthier than Las Vegas. He was a genuine global icon but because of Parker saw so little of the world. He would be 87 now though frankly with music like that he will never ever die! 4/4
And it will be fantastic for a new generation to be reminded of Elvis The Pelvis and his incredible dance moves, and the cultural and social impact of performance by such a star. In the end it is just so sad that he died in the state he did aged just 42, and that he was, 3/4
and Olivia de Jonge as Priscilla. But of course the real star was the real Elvis. I have heard every one of those songs a thousand times and could hear them thousands of times more. In The Ghetto a great choice for the credits at the end. The Wonder of You OMG, every time 2/4
Going to be so hard not to sing Elvis songs all day after watching the new film last night. It was a bit pretentious at times but the acting was superb, the portrayal of Elvis in all his wonderful complexity by Austin Butler absolutely brilliant, ditto Tom Hanks as Tom Parker 1/4