I Had a Black Dog, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


There are many different breeds of Black Dog affecting millions of people from all walks of life.

The Black Dog is an equal opportunity mongrel. It was Winston Churchill who popularized the phrase Black Dog to describe the bouts of depression he experienced for much of his life.

Matthew Johnstone, a sufferer himself, has written and illustrated this moving and uplifting insight into what it is like to have a Black Dog as a companion and how he learned to tame it and bring it to heel.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 48 pages, fully illustrated illustrations
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Neurology & clinical neurophysiology
  • ISBN: 9781845295899



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What a great little book. It has an important message which is projected very simply and clearly; with the text and illustrations complementing each other beautifully. Poignant but not maudlin, and the illustrations have a touch of humour about them that I appreciate. It's also practical to a certain degree, and in the end is positive, encouraging and hopeful.I imagine that it would be an excellent book to aid children and teens (and adults too for that matter) in their understanding of what may perhaps be happening to those around them.

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The more I think about this book, the more I find to like about it. If a person is depressed they may not have the will nor concentration to read and not want to be preached at. This book contains few words as its power lies in the cartoons based on the 'black dog'. It is a perfect 'light at the end of the tunnel' read without giving too much advice.