Recommended for anyone experiencing depression, or trying to understand a loved one’s depression
Writer and illustrator Debbie Gliori has had bouts of depression for most of her adult life. In this short but powerful book, she puts into pictures that which is so hard to put into words.
Each page has a line or two in the style of a poem or a children’s story, and a deeply felt illustration – of fog, heaviness, scorched earth, enveloping darkness. She characterises her depression as dragons, “because of their legendary ability to turn a fertile realm into a blackened, smoking ruin”. There is no sugar-coating of her struggle and her fear. But, it does include the seed of recovery.
It is her personal story, her way of showing what happens to her, but so many people identify with it – it speaks to a shared experience.
In the afterword, she says:
“Being ill and unable to communicate how we feel is such a lonely business. My hope is this book will help explain what we’re going through.”
There are different editions of this book – we stock the A5 size hardback because it is a beautiful cover and size.
Although it is a picture book, it is not aimed at young children – it is for anyone of any age who has experiences depression, and for the friends and family who want to understand.
|Dimensions||157 × 188 × 11 mm|