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Finding True North

The Healing Power of Place

Linda Gask

Finding True North by Linda Gask

Finding True North is a wise and powerful memoir about recovery and the healing power of place. An award-winning Professor of Psychiatry, Linda Gask writes with startling honesty about her struggles with depression and anxiety. In this unvarnished account as both patient and physician she describes her search for her ‘right’ place in the world.

RRP: £8.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781913207342
Publication Date: 29/04/2021
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Linda Gask
Linda Gask trained in Medicine in Edinburgh and is Emerita Professor of Primary Care Psychiatry at the University of Manchester. Having worked as a consultant psychiatrist for many years she...


‘An illuminating and enlightening book, beautifully illustrating the importance of place on our mental and physical wellbeing.’

Raynor Winn, author of The Salt Path

‘Offers new insights into the most common mental illness, depression, reaching far beyond the academic aspects or, indeed, the usual self-help.’

Dame Clare Gerada, Co-Chair NHS Assembly

‘This book feels like a place of refuge in itself, and I highly recommend it.’

Morning Star

‘his book could benefit many readers, whether they work in mental health services or have used mental health services for years.’

National Survivor User Network

‘Part memoir and part self-help guide, it offers personal insights into living with depression and the importance of self-care.’

The Sunday Post

‘Finding True North reminds me why I would rather consult a physician who at times struggles herself, rather than one who has remained above the fray.’

Andrew Greig, author of At the Loch of the Green Corrie

‘Quietly moving... a timely reminder of the stabilising effects of attachment to place.’

Sue Stuart-Smith, author of The Well Gardened Mind

‘Linda Gask’s writing and wisdom about depression are like no one else’s and I turn to it time and time again to feel the comforting chime of shared experience’

James Withey, author of The Recovery Letters

‘Intriguing, poignant and highly readable.’

Sir Simon Wessely, Regius Professor of Psychiatry, King’s College London

‘This is recovery not as a political stick with which to beat the disenfranchised, but self-help and self-care that is truly transformative.’

Andre Tomlin, Mental Elf

‘Finding True North is beautifully written... It is powerful and moving and quite exceptional.’

Kate Lovett, Dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

‘Deceptively easy to read given the deeper meanings being exposed, each new paragraph draws you on.’

Prof Tony Kendrick MD FRCGP FRCPsych (hon) FHEA, Professor of Primary Care, Primary Care & Population Sciences

‘Offers new insights into the most common mental illness, depression, reaching far beyond the academic aspects or, indeed, the usual self-help.’’

Dame Clare Gerada, Co-Chair NHS Assembly

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