Honoured to be on the blog tour for this very important book today. The Boy Between by Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley. Many thanks to Sarah Hardy for my blog tour invite and review copy of the book.
About the book:
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.
What did I think?
Wow! That’s what I thought! This is a hard hitting, emotional, truthful account of a family and how when mental health hits, what a devastating impact it can have.
What a brave young man to write such an open, raw and honest account and what a powerful impact I think this book will have on other families who are going through the same thing. And what a very brave mother too.
Amanda did a Facebook Live with me earlier this year and became very emotional when she was talking about this book giving an insight into the trauma that the family had been through. You can watch the interview by clicking here.
As a mother of a just gone teenage boy myself, my heart broke for Amanda as she talked about how a mother’s love isn’t enough to help someone who is suffering from mental illness and how serious it can be. How hard it was to accept that her son was suffering from an illness and needed to heal. As a parent, I cannot even begin to imagine how I would feel or cope with a situation like this. You only have to hope that you get a positive outcome. A friend of mine sadly lost her son from mental illness and I think of her every time I look at my son, grateful that he’s here every single day. So easily, these days, there could be a different outcome.
I’m glad to say that this story, has a positive ending, but I can’t imagine for one minute that this is something you ever really get over, but maybe with help, and love and support you learn to accept could crop up again at any time and that you’ll know how to handle it.
My heart goes out to both Amanda and Josh, and I hope sincerely that this book helps many others, to cope with similar situations. I believe books like this can be life-changing to so many others. It is a book that shows that there is hope in the darkest of times and that we should never under estimate the power of hidden illnesses and hope that we can encourage others to reach out for help when it is so desperately needed before it’s too late.
Hat’s off to Amanda and Josh for sharing their story and big hugs to you both.
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About the authors
A keen environmentalist and animal lover, Josiah (Josh) Hartley lives in a remote farmhouse in the West Country with his two idle and arrogant French Bulldogs, Dottie and Beau. Happiest following the music scene in Bristol, at a festival or watching rugby with his mates, Josh enjoys the outdoor life and 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, another at the University of Bristol and one planned suicide, Josh decided to write about his descent into mental illness and the depression that 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 is a book of reflection, raw, honest and full of hope – the proof being that Josh is still here and excited about what comes next. He’s ready to catch any opportunity that life throws his way; quite a thing for someone who only a few years ago was living in a world gone grey, ready to disappear from the face of the earth…
Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author whose twenty five novels and seven novellas have been published in dozens of languages around the world. Published by Lake Union, Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres. Her books, including the chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’, ‘My Husband’s Wife’, ‘The Girl in the Corner’ and ‘The Things I Know’ have sold millions of copies across the globe.https://c0.pubmine.com/sf/0.0.3/html/safeframe.htmlREPORT THIS AD
A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s ‘The Jeremy Vine Show’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She also makes countless guest appearances on BBC national independent Radio stations including LBC and Talk FM, where she is well known for her insightful observations and her infectious humour. Described by the Daily Mail as ‘The queen of family drama’ Amanda’s novel, ‘A Mother’s Story’ won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the year Award while ‘Perfect Daughter’ was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016.
Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…