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The boy between - a mother and son's journey from a world gone grey
Amanda Prowse
Paperback / softback
Little A
UK Publication Date

Bestselling novelist Amanda Prowse knew how to resolve a fictional family crisis. But then her son came to her with a real one

Josiah was nineteen with the world at his feet when things changed. Without warning, the new university student's mental health deteriorated to the point that he planned his own death. His mother, bestselling author Amanda Prowse, found herself grappling for ways to help him, with no clear sense of where that could be found. This is the book they wish had been there for them during those dark times.

Josiah's situation is not unusual: the statistics on student mental health are terrifying. And he was not the only one suffering; his family was also hijacked by his illness, watching him struggle and fearing the day he might succeed in taking his life.

In this book, Josiah and Amanda hope to give a voice to those who suffer, and to show them that help can be found. It is Josiah's raw, at times bleak, sometimes humorous, but always honest account of what it is like to live with depression. It is Amanda's heart-rending account of her pain at watching him suffer, speaking from the heart about a mother's love for her child.

For anyone with depression and anyone who loves someone with depression, Amanda and Josiah have a clear message-you are not alone, and there is hope.

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Josiah (Josh) Hartley lives in an isolated farmhouse in the West Country, but close enough to Bristol to enjoy its music scene. He is an animal lover and servant to two French Bulldogs. Equally happy at a music festival or watching rugby with his mates, he likes the outdoor life and with Devon only a short drive away often heads to the sea to surf and sit on the beach watching the sun go down. After a stint at the University of Southampton and another at the University of Bristol and one unsuccessful suicide attempt, Josh decided to write about his descent into mental illness and the depression that has held him in its grip for the past few years. The Boy Between carries the overriding message that things can and often do get better. It's a book of reflection, raw, honest and full of hope: the proof being that Josh is still here and now excited about what comes next. He is ready to catch any opportunities that life throws his way, quite a thing for someone who only three years ago was living in a world gone grey, ready to disappear from the face of the earth…

"Just before Josiah was due to take A levels, he had his first major depressive episode. At the time neither he nor his family had a clue what was happening. He did go on to university as planned. At university his mental health deteriorated further. Josiah Hartley and his mother, the novelist Mandy Prowse, talk about their experiences." -Woman's Hour

"In this incredibly moving episode we're joined by Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley to talk family and mental health. Including how they were able to find a way out of deep depression together." -Mental

"A brave and insightful book that shimmers with warmth and hope." -The Lady

"A courageous and open book that will offer practical help to everyone touched by depression. Startling and important." -Platinum

"I truly believe this book will help so many individuals struggling with their mental health as well as help their families…A candid, moving and inspirational book, I am blown away." -Johnny Benjamin, bestselling author of The Stranger on the Bridge

Keyword Index
Depression, Mental.|Students - Mental health.|Mothers and sons.|Depressed persons - Family relationships.
Country of Publication
Washington (State)
Number of Pages

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