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WITH A NEW EPILOGUE BY THE AUTHOR The most affecting, intelligent, important and constructive book on depression there has ever been - a key text by a New Yorker writer who has not only experienced the depths of depression but has researched every aspect of it.


Like Primo Levi's The Periodic Table, The Noonday Demon digs deep into personal history, as Andrew Solomon narrates, brilliantly and terrifyingly, his own agonising experience of depression.

Solomon also portrays the pain of others, in different cultures and societies whose lives have been shattered by depression and uncovers the historical, social, biological, chemical and medical implications of this crippling disease. He takes us through the halls of mental hospitals where some of his subjects have been imprisoned for decades; into the research labs; to the burdened and afflicted poor, rural and urban. He talks to faith healers and voyages around the world in a quest for folk wisdom. He analyses the medications of today as well as reviewing the politics of diagnosis and treatment and, perhaps most significantly, he looks at the vital role of will and love in the process of recovery.


The best book ever on depression. Andrew Solomon explains everything with a sharp, scientific clarity.

William Leith, Evening Standard

The history, treatment and even politics of depression are thoroughly covered… Solomon’s brutal honesty makes this the best account of depression I have ever read.

Chris Nancollas, Tablet

A mesmerising journey... magnificent


Extraordinary and redeeming... A work of great charm and individuality but also of impressive scholarship

Evening Standard

A lodestone work


Few books are as powerful, as controversial or, at times, as wryly humorous... Poised to become a classic of our time: a key text for a generation that has depression at its core

Mail on Sunday

Fascinating and warm-hearted... Compelling, wide-ranging, open-minded, useful, a testimony of the mind's power to overcome the most formidable obstacles and that offers hope to us all

The Times

A groundbreaking book... Eloquently impassioned, exhaustive

Daily Telegraph

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    February 1, 2016


    688 pages

    RRP $27.99

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  • EBook


    March 31, 2012

    Vintage Digital

    688 pages

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