Tuesday, 3 November 2020

The Boy Between by Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley + #Giveaway

Join us for this tour from Nov 2 to Nov 27, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title: The Boy Between - A Mother and Son's Journey from a World Gone Grey by Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley
CategoryAdult Non-Fiction (18+), 286 pages
Genre Author Memoir, Family
Publisher Little A
Release dateNovember 2020
Content Rating: R: 1. Infrequent use of F word in context (estimated 10 times in book), 2. Mildly questions religious faith during a testing time, 3. References to thoughts about suicide (not graphic)

"A candid, moving and inspirational book, I am blown away.” 
Jonny Benjamin MBE, award-winning mental health campaigner and author
of The Stranger on the Bridge
Book Description:
Josiah was nineteen 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.
Buy the Book:
Amazon.com ~ Amazon UK
I have previously read three of Amanda Prowse's fictional novels, but knew nothing of her real life so was amazed to discover, on being offered a review copy of The Boy Between for this tour, that her family was so impacted by the effects of her son's depression. Throughout this superb memoir Mandy and her son Josh take alternating chapters to recount their lives from her joy at his birth and through his childhood to the overwhelming darkness of his years of extreme depression. Each speaks honestly and candidly in their distinct voices of the true reality of depression. I found The Boy Between to be such an emotionally difficult book just to read that it frequently nearly had me in tears. I am in awe of Mandy and Josh's bravery in even beginning to write their story, let alone seeing it all the way through to publication, revisiting the hell of that experience especially when Josh's depression can never said to be absolutely cured.

The Boy Between is such a powerful and insightful memoir that I believe it should be obligatory reading for everyone, everywhere, if we are serious as a society about destroying the taboos surrounding mental health. There are so many occasions within this memoir when even a basic understanding of depression on the part of not only Josh and his family, but also the people surrounding them from friends to healthcare professionals, could have made a significance difference. Instead I found Mandy's discussion of how people have reached out to her with their own experiences, but only in response to her own openness, to be particularly poignant. To read Josh's eloquent descriptions of the reality of being locked inside a depressive existence - I don't see how it can be called life - is heartbreaking. To then calculate his statistics on the prevalence of this condition across Britain into actual people and families, and to realise that many will be hiding their illnesses simply for shame, is horrific.

I hope that The Boy Between will become widely read and will give  people opportunities to open many conversations around depression and mental health generally. I bit my tongue spotting ways in which my past ignorant responses were undoubtedly unhelpful. I now have a much better idea of constructive language to use and a greater awareness of potential red flags. Josh and Mandy believe that sharing their experience will help other people to avoid the same dark places and I truly think that can. Please read The Boy Between.

Meet the Author:
Amanda Prowse is an award winning international bestselling author best known for her contemporary fiction novels. A radio broadcaster and TV presenter renowned for her empathetic and emotional books, she is known in the UK as the 'Queen of family drama'. Her books have sold over 8 million copies in dozens of languages around the world.

connect with the author:  website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads

Meet the Author:
Josiah (Josh) Hartley is the son of Amanda Prowse who has co-authored with his mother to tell the story of his journey through life so far. Born in the England, Josh was fortunate enough to attend one of the country's elite public schools from an early age and was awarded a place at one of the UK's top Universities where he planned to work towards a medical doctorate. But just at the moment when he should have been having the time of his life, he started feeling nagging tugs of self-doubt which spiralled into a depression during which time he planned his suicide. Luckily, his family intervened and after a roller coaster couple of years, he is alive and well and sharing his story to help other families who find themselves in the same position navigate their way through those difficult times.
Tour Schedule:
Nov 2 - Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
Nov 2 - Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Nov 2 - Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / guest post / giveaway
Nov 3 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Nov 3 - Asreadbydanielle  - book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 4 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 5 – meandmybooks – book review / guest post
Nov 6 – Olio By Marilyn - book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 6 - fundinmental - book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 9 – Welcome To MLM Opinion's Reviews – book review
Nov 10 – Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview
Nov 10 - The Momma Spot - book review
Nov 11 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review / giveaway
Nov 12 – RebeccaReviewedIt – book review / giveaway
Nov 13 – Fur Everywhere – book review
Nov 16 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 17 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 17 - Pick a Good Book - book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 18 – Rajiv's Reviews – book review
Nov 18 - My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews - book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 19 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Nov 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 23 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 24 – Corinne Rodrigues – book review / giveaway
Nov 24 - Lisa-Queen of Random - book review / giveaway
Nov 25 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Nov 26 – My Fictional Oasis – book review / author interview
Nov 27 – Books for Books – book spotlight
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Win 1 of 15 print copies of The Boy Between or a Kindle Fire (16 winners).
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1 comment:

  1. Stephanie Jane, thank you so much for your brilliant and heartfelt review, it means the world to me. Much love, Amanda Xx