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Summary

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 19 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.

©2020 Josiah Hartley and Lionhead Media Ltd. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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It says I have to write fifteen words, but...... Thank you. Just thank you xx

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The Boy Between

Such a touching and very personal account of an extremely difficult subject. Huge respect to you both for being so honest. I’ve always loved Amanda’s books but this is on another level and made even more special as Its read by Josh and Amanda.

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A beautiful book

My name is Suzie and I have this illness. Josh and his lovely Mums description of how it is, is the most accurate I have ever heard. It’s poignant but also unbelievably inspiring. I feel their warmth and love cheering me on. X
Josh, I am your sister to you my brother in arms . Let’s keep fighting. Xxx

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Essential read for parents of depressed teenager

Life saver. That sums up this book. Helps you know you are not alone. Gives understanding & hope. By seeing both sides it has helped me know what helps & what doesn’t.

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A beautiful book

I loved this profound, emotional, beautiful book each and every page. It shows so much courage and insight into a person and families going through living with a person suffering from depression. I shed lots of tears as both a mum myself and also a sufferer. Thanks for writing this book.

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Thank you

A beautiful audio book, thank you so much for sharing your journey I really hope it helps others who suffer with this terrible illness xx

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Stripped Bare

A beautiful honest story, told by real people. It gives hope. Thank you Josiah. 🙏 Very well done.

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An essential read for any parent whose child is taking A levels

Informative, helpful and balanced, found both narrators very easy to listen to. Quite long but perhaps necessary to build the full picture. The message and the very good insights will stay with me and I would listen again if this experience effected my loved ones. Thank you!

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Amazing book I just hope more people get to read or listen to it

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This book appeared during a very dark time. It has given me so much hope. Thank you.

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Amazing insight

Great book with the honest and real life details about a family and their journey through mental health parenting. Being a mother of a son with depression this book gave me hope, peace, and connection to the silent group of us that navigates This dark/silent battle. Thank you for sharing and Josh, congratulations on pushing through and victoriously living life, one day at a time!

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