Cheer Up Love: Adventures in depression with the Crab of Hate (Paperback)Susan Calman (author)
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Susan Calman is a well known comedian and writer who has appeared on countless radio and television programmes from The News Quiz and Just a Minute on BBC Radio 4 to hosting the quiz show, The Boss, Armchair Detective and now Strictly Come Dancing 2017 on BBC 1. Her solo stand up show, Susan Calman is Convicted, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and dealt with subjects like the death penalty, appearance and depression.
It was the overwhelming and positive reaction to the show she wrote about mental health that made Susan want to write a more detailed account of surviving depression when you're the world's most negative and anxious person.
The Crab of Hate is the personification of Calman's depression and her version of the notorious Black Dog. A constant companion all her life, the Crab has provided her with the best, and very worst of times. This is a very personal and affecting memoir of how, after many years and with a lot of help and talking, Susan has embraced her dark side and realised that she can be the most joyous sad person you'll ever meet.
Cheer Up Love is funny, poignant and (hopefully) informative. It's always good to talk and to realise you are not alone.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 192 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm
'Susan Calman never fails to make me hoot with laughter' - Sarah Millican
'Fantastic, funny, moving... A perceptive look at depression - with added laughs' - Viv Groskop
'Deeply personal and painfully honest but funny' - The Times Scotland
'Calman's account of depression, though deeply honest, is surprisingly hilarious and uplifting' - Hannah Varrell, The Pool
'There are so many depressing books about being funny, so it's refreshing to ready a funny one about about being depressed. I have never laughed quite so heartily at someone else's genuine distress - which I hope is her intention' - Miles Jupp
'A really important message, but hilarious at the same time' - BBC The One Show
'Talked with engaging candour and humour about her own struggle to keep it at bay' - Scotsman
'A breezily accessible account' - Metro
'A wonderful and honest book. I thoroughly endorse this product' - Emma Kennedy