THE BRIDPORT LITERARY FESTIVAL 2020.
LIVING BETTER : How I Learned to Survive Depression
In conversation with Susannah Simons
Alastair Campbell, best known as Tony Blair’s chief spokesman and strategist, is also a writer of fiction and non-fiction and an Ambassador for several mental health charities.
His new book: Living Better is an 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 relationships.
It also examines the impact of his professional and political life on himself and those around him.
Tony Blair says of him: ‘Alastair is living proof that it is possible to have depression and yet achieve so much’.
Living Better is a raw and revealing narrative and possibly the most important achievement of Alastair’s colourful and varied life. It is also a book which could save lives.
The book 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
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.