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Shoot the Damn Dog: A Memoir of Depression by [Brampton, Sally]
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'Down-to-earth, honest, sometimes painful, often moving ... What stands out is the book's tone: its honesty, its wisdom and its courage' Daily Telegraph 'Brave and honest ... It must have been terribly painful to write it. But, golly, am I glad that Sally Brampton did' Independent 'Brampton's obsessively honest, angry account ... aims to explode the myth that depression happens only to losers ... This brave and moving memoir challenges all the cliches about mental illness ... All who know the pain of depression will find the book immensely useful, and so will their friends and relations' Sunday Times 'She writes of her despair with such fluidity and lyricism' Observer

About the Author

Sally Brampton began her career on Vogue before moving to the Observer as fashion editor. She launched Elle in the UK, which she edited for five years, leaving to write full time. She has published several novels, a television documentary and a screenplay, and has written extensively for all the major national newspapers and magazines. She writes a weekly column on emotional issues for the Sunday Times. She lives in London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1377 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; 1 edition (1 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AU7FFI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 256 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,975 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I knew Sally, I had worked with her many times and I ADORED her. She had a childlike 'Monroe-esque' beauty and vulnerability about heand she was SUCH a joy to be around.....so having bought the book and therefore googled her to see what she's up to today, I was HORRIFIED beyond words to discover that she had taken her own life last year. SO, now I am half way through the book it's has taken on a gut wrenching poignancy. I have had depression, and am an alcoholic if recovery so I can only COMMEND Sally's incredible bravery in writing this. RIP old friend.
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Currently in the worst depressive period of my life, I've been searching desperately for answers, hope, anything to rid myself of this blackness and so I bought this based on amazon reviews. I'm both glad and devastated to have done so. Through its difficult pages, which I felt I could have written myself, I gained much comfort in knowing I was not alone but more importantly, I felt hopeful that I, as the author had done, could perhaps also come through such a brutal suffering and once again experience joy, happiness and a calm mind. I soaked up every word, identifying with so much and page after page I felt calmer through the tears. I felt fleeting strength which, having felt not a single bit for so long, was so very welcome and encouraging. I felt, strangely, desire to take another step, seek another way, try a different approach. I identified with mostly the mother who wrote this book and I am eternally grateful that she had the courage to pen it. It has changed me for sure, to what extent, I guess I'll discover over time for I am sure her story will stay with me.

So why am I devastated? Well, when I finished reading it today I went in search of the author to find more of her work, thinking perhaps she had written more on the subject and her life to date. Sadly, I learned she passed away recently having fought this illness so gallantly for so long. Though I'd never heard of her before this book, I missed her instantly. I feel so saddened by her passing as there is no doubt she was an incredible human. Unfortunately, I've felt the lifted spirits her story brought drop and wonder, if such a brave, funny, loving woman can succumb to this illness how the hell will I ever make it?
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Sadly this book has added poignancy, as its author did indeed tragically kill herself quite recently. I feel that any critique of her work may be too distressing for her family.
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The first half of the book is very insightful. So sorry she didn't make it through in the end.This book has changed my view and understanding of depression. Thank you Sally. X
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Having read this after Sally's death made it all the more poignant.
Very thorough and unique account of her roller coaster ride with depression.
Difficult to say I enjoyed it, given the topic, but
I'm very glad I read it.
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Good account of someone else's struggle with depression. Like another reviewer said, not really much help if you're in the throes of depression yourself.....
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Very insightful, Sally Brampton has clearly struggled with severe depression for many years and gives an honest account of how difficult this has been. This together with what she has found helpful, and reasons behind why she has depression make this book an invaluable read.
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I live with someone who has been recently diagnosed with mild depression and I have found this book helpful in understanding the problems faced by that individual and understanding the actions I can take to help during the day.
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