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  • A fascinating history of mental health, treatments, practitioners and therapies.

    Evening Standard
  • It is breezily written, personal and accessible, and it covers a lot of ground. I hope it will be widely read by those who are susceptible to depression, which the author has experienced and which runs in his family, and by policymakers.

    Oliver Kamm, The Times
  • A Cure for Darkness is both a compelling intellectual contribution and an act of generosity. Alex Riley combines meticulous reporting and evocative storytelling to reveal scientists' evolving understanding of depression and the many ways it can be treated. In this candid, accessible, era-spanning book, Riley brings rare sensitivity and lucidity to a topic that has defied comprehension for centuries, weaving a story that is both sweeping in scope and intensely personal.

    Siri Carpenter, science journalist and editor of The Craft of Science Writing
  • An outstanding achievement

    Michael Berk, head of the IMPACT Strategic Research Centre at Deakin University, Geelong.
  • Riley explores the long shadow of depression that winds through human history with intelligence and insight and - equally important - with courage and compassion. The resulting, remarkable book shines like a light against the night itself.

    Deborah Blum

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