HIGH-PROFILE AUTHOR - Sally Brampton was the founding editor of Elle, and now has a regular column in the Sunday Times on mental and emotional health - this will guarantee huge review coverage, as well as place her as an authority on the subject For fans of The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, Once in a House on Fire by Andrea Ashworth and An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison. HUGE NICHE MARKET - for anyone who has ever suffered from depression, and their loved ones who want a better understanding
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.
A British fashion industry insider, Brampton wrote for Vogue and the Observer before launching Elle magazine in the U.K. By midlife, she had a successful, creative career, many close friends and a lovely daughter. Everything was going fabulously--until she fell apart. A paralyzing depression gripped her so intensely, she finally acknowledged that she needed to be institutionalized. Unfortunately, she was one of the many with "treatment-resistant depression"--high-tech pharmaceuticals just didn't work for her. As she cycled in and out of mental wards, survived suicide attempts and tried countless therapies, she learned a lot about depression--the stigma surrounding it, how it's triggered, the range of available therapies. With unflinching honesty, she describes her own experiences as well as sharing her research, letting readers "take from it what you need and leave the rest." Brampton is particularly good at describing the currently favored therapies, like cognitive behavioral therapy, positive psychology and cognitive mindfulness behavioral therapy. Her openness to all sorts of treatment, including acupuncture, is refreshing, as is the ease with which she advises friends and family on how to be most helpful. Brampton's story is accessible and endearing. (June) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.