The Recovery Letters Book

The Recovery Letters book will be published on the 21st July 2017 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in the UK and the US. You can pre-order it by clicking here:


I am editing the book along with Dr Olivia Sagan of Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, UK and it will include a few selected letters from this website but mostly new letters. G. Thomas Couser has written the afterword.

Gwyneth Lewis, novelist, poet and author of 'Sunbathing in the rain: a cheerful book about depression' says:

"This book will save lives, which can't be said of many. Writing or reading a letter strikes at the sense of isolation which is at the root of despair. Read this book, buy it for others, it's rare and powerful medication."

Tim Lott, novelist and journalist says:

"This is a wonderful project. When I was first seriously depressed, one of the great barriers to surviving - and to my recovery - was the belief that it was impossible to recover. I asked my doctor if he could put me in touch with people who had recovered, so I could believe in it - but he couldn't and didn't. I think it would have made an enormous difference to me to know that it was possible to get better, because as Oscar Wilde said, 'despair has no seasons' - in other words it is relentless. I thoroughly commend this book to any sufferers from depression. It contains messages of hope from the dark side, an antidote of rational belief to fight the lack of faith all depressives feel. The Recovery Letters, I have no doubt, has the power to save lives."

For more information about the book, e-mail me at and I can tell you more.