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The Recovery Letters book is out! Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. You can order it and see the amazing reviews by clicking here:


We are so pleased to say that the book has been selected as one of the titles for World Book Night 2018 in the UK. 

The book is part of the Reading Well scheme, which means that doctors in the UK can recommend the book to people and they can borrow it from their local library.

Cosmopolitan Magazine named the book as one of 12 mental health books everyone should read. You can read the article here.

The book is published in Germany by Trias, has been published in Welsh and is soon to be published in simplified Chinese. 

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

If you buy the book and like it I would really appreciate a review which will help others considering buying it for themselves or a loved one. 

Book reviews

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."

"This book is hands-down a 5-star piece of brilliance."

" well as their medication for depression people should be handed a copy of this book."

"This is a book that will keep rewarding and comforting you every time you come back to it."

"The Recovery Letters is a study in life affirmation. A beautiful, triumphant, resonant masterpiece."

For more information about the book, e-mail me at [email protected] and I can tell you more or for media and publicity please contact Lily Bowden at Jessica Kinglsey Publishers [email protected] or myself.

The second Recovery Letters book will be published in 2020, also by Jessica Kingsley.

My own book about depression will be published by Little Brown in May 2020 called:

'How to Tell Depression to Piss Off: 40 Ways to Get Your Life Back'. 

You can read a bit more about it and pre-order it here! I know, amazing eh?!