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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.’
👇👏👏👏 well done @FT for shining a light on this stuff. They are right - this is bad for good government and good governance and Britain has always done better than this and we deserve better than this. https://twitter.com/pickardje/status/1422180310003896320
strong words from the @ft editorial board
Quintessentially Eton - Ben Elliot, Zac Goldsmith, Boris Johnson, in it together
Ben Elliot: concierge to the rich and Zac Goldsmith's secret weapon
He’s the Old Etonian who has made a career catering to the whims of VIPs and millionaires. Now he wants t...
My friend Luis has just been detained for more than half an hour at Heathrow. He has lived and paid taxes in England for twenty five years, runs a successful business and had all the required paperwork. Customs officials could find “no record” of him they said. #BrexitReality
Bereaved families need answers. We all do. The sooner we start, the better for all concerned. Tell your MP that an inquiry into Covid-19 can't wait until Spring 2022. Maybe remind them that in this case, if there’s nothing to hide, there’s nothing to fear.
Tell your MP that an inquiry into Covid-19 can't wait till Spring 2022.
I've told my MP to support bereaved families and make sure there are no further delays to the Covid Inquiry. ...