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The Recovery Letters

The Recovery Letters

Addressed to People Experiencing Depression

Edited by James Withey and Olivia Sagan, Afterword by Tom Couser

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An anthology of inspirational, heartfelt letters written by people who have recovered or are recovering from depression and addressed to those who are currently affected by it with additional resources for recovery.
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Paperback / softback
2017, 7.72in x 5.04in / 196mm x 128mm, 232pp
ISBN: 9781785921834

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2017, ePUB, 232pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-460-1
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World Book Night 2018

In 2012, The Recovery Letters was launched to host a series of letters online written by people recovering from depression, addressed to those currently affected by a mental health condition. Addressed to 'Dear You', the inspirational and heartfelt letters provided hope and support to those experiencing depression and were testament that recovery was possible.

Now for the first time, these letters have been compiled into an anthology for people living with depression and are interspersed with motivating quotes and additional resources as well as new material written specifically for the book. This powerful collection of personal letters from people with first-hand experiences of depression will serve as a comforting resource for anyone on the journey to recovery.


'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.'
- Gwyneth Lewis, author of Sunbathing in the Rain: A Cheerful Book about Depression

'This book 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.'
- Tim Lott, journalist and author

'These letters are full of friendship and intimacy. It is possible to mend your way out of depression, and, believe me, you'll be all the better for it: more thoughtful, more receptive, and more at peace.'
- Dr Neel Burton, author of Growing from Depression

'I found the letters so helpful when I was ill; one of the few things that reached me across the void.'
- Charlotte Garrett, Research Psychologist

'Powerful letters from people who've been there who know from experience that you won't always feel this way. Just one letter that really speaks to you could make a difference.'
- Claudia Hammond, broadcaster and writer

'Moving, beautiful in places and valuable: in a world in which effective treatment for the mentally ill remains as elusive as ever, this book has something rather important to offer. More than anything, the depression sufferer wants reassurance that recovery is possible. These letters from fellow travellers show that it is not just possible, but probable, that you are not alone, that others have been here, survived, recovered, and rejoined their lives. Their message: you can do the same.'
- Mark Rice-Oxley, author of Underneath the Lemon Tree: A Memoir of Depression and Recovery

'The people writing these letters describe depression in a way that only survivors can. The words are authentic and will give hope and encouragement to those who read them.'
- Douglas Bloch M.A., author of Healing From Depression: 12 Weeks to a Better Mood


Afterword by: Tom Couser