World Book Day: Dear Stranger

This world book day why not check out the book ‘Dear Stranger’. All profits from the sales of these books goes to the mental health charity Mind.

Dear Stranger is a collection of inspirational, honest and heartfelt letters from authors, bloggers and mind ambassadors to an imagined stranger. Insightful and uplifting, ‘Dear Stranger’ is a humbling glimpse into different interpretations of happiness, and how despite sometimes seeming unobtainable happiness can, in the smallest of ways, become an achievable goal.

Letters included in ‘Dear Stranger’ are written by a variety of people including myself, Fiona Phillips, Matt Haig, Caitlin Moran and Richard Branson.

Dear Stranger

I was overwhelmed with incredible feelings when I received the phone call at the beginning of this year asking me if I would like to write for a book being published by Penguin. I have always loved writing and as a child I would dream of one day being an author. I suppose somewhere along the way I lost those dreams. Life throws rubbish at us and mental illness blindfolds us and dreams disintegrate.

My love for words and writing helped me to start this blog but I never imagined the places that this blog would take me to, I could never have predicted that my writing would be published by Penguin less than a year after a started this blog. It was so hard to keep this a secret for so long but I am delighted to announce that ‘Dear Stranger’ will be released on Thursday 2nd July 2015. The book contains letters on the subject of happiness from fifty authors and bloggers including myself, Matt Haig, Richard Branson, Marian Keyes and Arianna Huffington.

I’m really excited for the future of ‘Dear Stranger’ because I hope that the letters in there reach someone and make a difference at a time in need. I’m giving a copy to my one year old Goddaughter in the hope that it carries her through life and lifts her up when she’s feeling sad. At least £3 per copy will be donated to mind so that they are able to continue the wonderful and life changing work that they carry out.

You can buy ‘Dear Stranger’ here:

I know sometimes it can feel like happiness is a long way away, maybe you can’t even see it, maybe you’ve forgotten what it feels like but it is there and you will find it one day, probably when you least expect it.