Saturday 7 January 2017

Review: Night Shift: An Insight into Depression That Words Often Struggle to Reach - Debi Gliori

'Debi Gliori is amazing. Her pictures offer people an insight into depression that words often struggle to reach. She makes visible the invisible. And I for one want to thank her for that.'
- Matt Haig, bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive

A groundbreaking picture book on depression with stunning illustrations.

With stunning black and white illustration and deceptively simple text, author and illustrator Debi Gliori examines how depression affects one's whole outlook upon life, and shows that there can be an escape - it may not be easy to find, but it is there. Drawn from Debi's own experiences and with a moving testimony at the end of the book explaining how depression has affected her and how she continues to cope, Debi hopes that by sharing her own experience she can help others who suffer from depression, and to find that subtle shift that will show the way out.

'I have used dragons to represent depression. This is partly because of their legendary ability to turn a once fertile realm into a blackened, smoking ruin and partly because popular mythology shows them as monstrous opponents with a tendency to pick fights with smaller creatures. I'm not particularly brave or resourceful, and after so many years battling my beasts, I have to admit to a certain weariness, but I will arm-wrestle dragons for eternity if it means that I can help anyone going through a similar struggle.'

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If you have ever suffered with depression then you'll already know exactly how hard it can be to put your feelings into words to try and explain to other people what you're going through. It's something I still find really hard to discuss even with family members and close friends who see me living through it day by day.

In Night Shift Debi Gliori has used her own personal experience with depression to create moving pieces of art that really capture how depression can feel, the way it isolates you from the world and makes even simple everyday tasks seem impossible. But, more importantly, she also shows that the feelings don't last forever and that you can come out on the other side.

Of course everyone's journey is different but this book spoke to me on so many levels and I think it's perfect for anyone who is or has suffered from depression but also for people who know someone who is struggling. It might just give you an idea what it's like to be inside a depressed person's head for a little while. Picking this up reminded me of how I felt when I first read I Had a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone, that I wasn't suffering alone and that finally there was something I could show other people to make them understand how I felt, so I'd like to thank Debi Gliori for sharing her experiences.

Source: Received from Hot Key Books in exchange for an honest review

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