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I Had a Black Dog

By Matthew Johnstone

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Format: Paperback, 48 pages
Other Information: fully illustrated illustrations
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 May 2007
There are many different breeds of Black Dog affecting millions of people from all walks of life. The Black Dog is an equal opportunity mongrel. It was Winston Churchill who popularized the phrase Black Dog to describe the bouts of depression he experienced for much of his life. Matthew Johnstone, a sufferer himself, has written and illustrated this moving and uplifting insight into what it is like to have a Black Dog as a companion and how he learned to tame it and bring it to heel.

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'There are many different breeds of Black Dog affecting millions of people from all walks of life. The Black Dog is an equal opportunity mongrel.'

EAN: 9781845295899
ISBN: 1845295897
Publisher: Robinson Publishing
Dimensions: 17.7 x 21.2 x 0.8 centimetres (0.13 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

Matthew Johnstone is an artist, writer and exhibited photographer. New Zealandborn, he worked in advertising in Sydney, San Francisco and New York. He now resides in Sydney with his family. He and his wife, Ainsley, know all too well what it's like to live with a 'black dog' - Matthew has personally experienced the hell of depression, while Ainsley has first-hand knowledge of the frustration and confusion almost always felt by those who care for a depressed person. Together they are uniquely able to offer practical and helpful advice.


A beautiful book, worth owning for the author's illustrations alone. In 48 pages Matthew condenses insight, advice and inspiration. Association of Pastoral Care for Mental Health Journal Says with wit, insight, economy and complete understanding what other books take 300 pages to say. Brilliant and indispensable. Stephen Fry Finally, a book about depression that isn't a prescriptive self-help manual ... deftly expresses how lonely and isolating depression can be for sufferers. Poignant and humorous in equal measure. Sunday Times Style Magazine

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4 review(s)
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Adrian Day on
What an absolute brilliant book!!! I carry this with me most places I go, and love to point it out to people as a go to resource for issues with the black dog.
Margi MacGregor on
A fantastic, friendly book to help aid understanding of depression, its symptoms and hope for recovery.
Grace Doney on
great companion for depressed persons... reminds you that you are not the only one, not alone and there're ways to deal with life as it is. everyone experiences depression at some time in life and this book reminds you that there could be an upside to life and a silver lining out there. a great discount and free shipping makes this a great buy!
Glenys Kay Knopp on
This is a simple little book with a profound message. It looks like a children's book, with little text and simple illustrations, but its message is much wider than that. I could identify with many of the feelings expressed. The illustrations are absolutely inspired. Every Counsellor's office should have a copy.

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