By Gwyneth Lewis

'Sunbathing within the Rain is certainly the easiest ebook i've got ever examine one person's adventure of depression.'

- Dorothy Rowe, writer of Breaking the Bonds

'This upbeat, very readable and fascinating view of melancholy as a brief retrenchment, a respiring house during which to regulate greater to existence, makes encouraging reading.'

- Spectator

'Gwyneth Lewis writes with readability, good looks and metaphorical precision. She conveys the darkness, the silence, the selfishness, the psychological muddle of melancholy brilliantly.'

- Simon Hattenstone, Guardian

'Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis stocks her own tale of wrestling with medical melancholy and describes what she discovered alongside the way in which approximately dealing with the disorder. The textual content is aimed basically at those people who are at the moment depressed and are suffering to recuperate. The emphasis all through is at the therapeutic strength of self-acceptance and truth-telling. it is a reprint of a ebook first released in London by way of Flamingo in 2002.'

- www.booknews.com

this may good be the Age of melancholy. extra humans than ever now event the sickness without delay or see a chum or relative succumb to it. between their quantity is Gwyneth Lewis. and she or he set approximately penning this publication just because she wanted anything love it had existed for her whilst she was once in the midst of her depression.

melancholy is assassination. The depressive is either sufferer and detective - charged with monitoring down the culprit of his or her personal homicide. by means of drawing on her personal adventure of suffering from the ailment, via highlighting methods of coping, methods of truth-telling, and methods of thriving, in a simple, strong type jam-packed with informal knowledge and simple wit, Gwyneth re-embarks on a trip that just about killed her first time around and returns with this, maybe the 1st actually undogmatic, user-friendly, downright helpful publication approximately depression.

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It’s a toddler clinging to a windowsill, looking back at her horrified mother rushing towards her. And, later, it’s about not falling. I started to write poetry when I was seven years old. It came from nowhere and took root in my life almost without my being conscious of it. One Easter holiday I was bored, stuck inside the house in wet weather and suddenly started to compose a long rhyming narrative poem. I still possess a copy of my first poem, which was an epic, describing the rain. It was execrable: PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS 43 O mae’n bwrw glaw, ˆ ar fy llaw Mae dwr Mae awr yn mynd O dyma fy ffrind.

As she passes over the tin-foiled contraband she says every time ‘It’s not as good as usual’, but that’s never true. Of course, I eat everything she brings us but, unfortunately, it’s not food you can live on. And still I’d try to walk on my phantom limb, my collapsed will power. I’d tell myself sternly that it was time to open the curtains. ’ No matter how often I’d tell myself there was no physical reason why I couldn’t get up, go for a stroll in the park, my body refused to believe it and mutinied.

There was a dead bird cremated onto a baking tray under my bed and a fox’s head decomposing in a bucket tied to the top of the washing line. R and I didn’t survive that period, as I found my feet again. During the rest of my time at Cambridge we repeatedly tried getting together again but it was a disaster. All that was left was a mutual struggle, a 58 SUNBATHING IN THE RAIN battle of wills, which became totally draining. I hurt him as much as he hurt me. It became difficult to tell fear, pain and love apart.

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