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  • Published: 12 September 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448184200
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
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My Name Is...




The tenacity Campbell brought to bear in politics is matched here by his gripping inhabitation of his characters. Stunning. - Independent on Sunday

She likes a drink. Everyone has a problem.

Hannah is seventeen. A drink makes her feel better. For a bit. But then she feels worse and the pain inside comes back.

This is the story of Hannah’s addiction as seen by the people around her – her mum, her little sister, her best friend, her best friend’s mother, her mum’s boyfriend…

Powerful and passionate, their voices shed a sometimes shocking, sometimes tender light on a life veering terrifyingly off course.

‘Campbell has taken the vilified, sprawling, drunken youths caricatured in tabloid headlines and, in one young girl, showed us the damaged human beings beneath.’ The Times

‘This superb book is sad, terrifying and uplifting in equal measure. Every parent, every young man or woman and anyone who “likes a drink” should read it.’ Anne Robinson

  • Pub date: 12 September 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448184200
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the Author

Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell was born in Keighley, Yorkshire in 1957, the son of a vet. Having graduated from Cambridge University in modern languages, he went into journalism, principally with the Mirror Group. When Tony Blair became leader of the Labour Party, Campbell worked for him first as press secretary, then as official spokesman and director of communications and strategy from 1994 to 2003. He continued to act as an advisor to Mr Blair and the Labour Party, including during subsequent election campaigns. He now splits his time between writing, speaking, politics in Britain and overseas, consultancy and charity, as chairman of fundraising for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, and a leading ambassador for the mental health campaign Time to Change.

He lives in North London with his partner of thirty-five years, Fiona Millar. They have three children. His interests include running, cycling, bagpipes and Burnley Football Club. He has published six volumes of diaries, including the number one Sunday Times bestseller, The Blair Years, a memoir on depression, The Happy Depressive, and three novels.

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Praise for My Name Is...

“This superb book is sad, terrifying and uplifting in equal measure. Every parent, every young man or woman, and anyone who "likes a drink" should read it.”

Anne Robinson

“The tenacity Campbell brought to bear in politics is matched here by his gripping inhabitation of his characters. Stunning,”

Independent on Sunday

“My Name Is... offers a compelling insight into addiction from the outside in, giving a 360-degree look at the cause and effect of the illness. It possesses an emotional weight for each speaker — an impressive feat when some of these characters feature for less than four pages.”

Irish Examiner

“It is a sad and terrifying story, well-researched and timely… Campbell’s idea of telling the story through the self-contained testimonies of every person who came into contact with Hannah during her spiral into self-harm is clever and affords the reader a 360 degree view of what it is to deal with a vulnerable deceitful alcoholic in denial… Campbell has taken the vilified, sprawling, drunken youths caricatured in tabloid headlines and, in one young girl, showed us the damaged human beings beneath. For that he deserves much credit.”

The Times (Saturday Review)

“A gripping account of an alcoholic teenage girl”

Guardian

“There is a touching candid quality about the characters in My Name Is… each one speaks with a breathtaking honesty, no matter how unsavoury or damaging it might be to hear”

Nottingham Post

“This is not a quasi-misery memoir. Instead, each chapter is told from the perspective of someone who crosses paths with the troubled teenager. There are 23 of these before the final, achingly sad missive from Hannah herself, which means a lot of characters to get through. But on the whole Campbell succeeds in allowing Hannah’s family, friends and, later, psychiatrists and magistrates, to tell her story.”

Ben East, Observer


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