Cheer Up Love

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What to expect

‘DEEPLY HONEST, SURPRISINGLY HILARIOUS AND UPLIFTING’ The Pool
‘HEART-WARMING: UNMISSABLE’ Damian Barr, Metro

Susan Calman is a well-known comedian and writer who has appeared on countless radio and television programmes from The News Quiz and Just a Minute on BBC Radio 4, presented Armchair Detectives and Secret Scotland, hosts the podcast Mrs Brightside and stole the nation’s hearts in STRICTLY COME DANCING 2017. Her solo stand up show, Susan Calman is Convicted, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and dealt with subjects like the death penalty, appearance and depression.

It was the overwhelming and positive reaction to the show she wrote about mental health that made Susan want to write a more detailed account of surviving depression when you’re the world’s most negative and anxious person.
The Crab of Hate is the personification of Calman’s depression and her version of the notorious Black Dog. A constant companion all her life, the Crab has provided her with the best, and very worst of times. This is a very personal and affecting memoir of how, after many years and with a lot of help and talking, Susan has embraced her dark side and realised that she can be the most joyous sad person you’ll ever meet.

CHEER UP LOVE IS FUNNY, POIGNANT AND (HOPEFULLY) INFORMATIVE.
IT’S ALWAYS GOOD TO TALK AND TO REALISE YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

*If you loved Cheer Up Love, try Sunny Side Up, Susan’s Calmanifesto of Happiness*
(P)2016 John Murray Press

Critics Review

  • Susan Calman never fails to make me hoot with laughter

    Sarah Millican
  • Fantastic, funny, moving… A perceptive look at depression – with added laughs’

    Viv Groskop
  • The forthcoming, heartbreaking and heart-warming memoir from the Radio 4 favourite… Avoiding all the usual ‘tears of a clown’ clichés, she tackles homophobia, self-harm and finding your voice. Unmissable

    Damian Barr, Metro
  • Deeply personal and painfully honest but funny

    The Times Scotland
  • Calman’s account of depression, though deeply honest, is surprisingly hilarious and uplifting

    Hannah Varrell, The Pool
  • There are so many depressing books about being funny, so it’s refreshing to ready a funny one about about being depressed. I have never laughed quite so heartily at someone else’s genuine distress – which I hope is her intention

    Miles Jupp

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