Pants on Fire: The Book of Lies by Nick Weatherhogg #AuthorSpotlight

“Pants on Fire” – by Nick Weatherhogg. THE BOOK OF LIES.

‘I always tell the truth. Even when I lie.’ So said Al Pacino, and I am certain most of us could agree. Nick Weatherhogg looks at all things untruthful – from the lies of history (the fiddle wasn’t invented when Rome burned down ... and Nero was nowhere near Rome at the time) to the more contemporary lies. The lies we tell our children (watching television gives you square eyes) to the lies they learn at school (i before e except ... for the literally thousands of cases when it is not). Lies of Presidents, of sportsmen, in films, of job applicants. There is a lie here for every occasion. Go on, be honest with yourself – you want to read this! ‘The funniest book ever’ (Prince Harry). ‘Book of the year’ (The Times). ... are just two of the lies that could be in ‘Pants on Fire’.  Lies through the ages, famous lies, lies we all tell (‘I’m losing the signal’); they’re all in here and more! Read and enjoy.

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Depression is now the most common mental health disorder in the United Kingdom. It is a very real illness which has deep and profound effects on so many aspects of the sufferer’s life. One of the hardest aspects of having depression is simply having the courage to tell other people about it. As a sufferer you feel ashamed or embarrassed, feeling that admitting this says something very negative about yourself. It says you are failure, it says you are weak, it says you are helpless, and, as such, it frequently leads to broken relationships, loneliness, and reluctance to seek or even accept help. And this burden often results in us isolating ourselves from the very ones who could possibly help, support or understand. It doesn’t need to be this way. Please come with me as we see how it might be possible to live life despite depression.
Excerpt from Introduction, Living with Depression

I have suffered from a quite severe form of depression for more than 7 years now – so severe in fact that I am currently unable to work (despite having a wife and four children to try to support). I have therefore used my time writing this book (and some others!). Being ill for this long shows I do not have magic answers for you … but it does mean I understand; and it means that maybe I have learned to survive, to keep going, to look for hope, to find glimmers of light in the darkness – and this I share with you all. I write to those similarly affected, to show there is hope and one does not need to give up. But I also write to family and friends of those suffering from depression exactly what it is like for the sufferer, to hopefully engender empathy, support and understanding. I have written several other books from my head … this book comes from my heart.

The book offers an honest appraisal of what it is really like to live with depression – so those who suffer may learn to live despite their challenges, and those close to depressees could hopefully understand, probably for the first time, what it is really like to be suffering from this devastating illness. It comes from the heart of a man who has suffered from depression for many years. It is honest and frank. It offers hope … but not an empty hope. It gives practical advice. And in particular it gives clear information to those who do not have the condition, but are living with someone who does. It offers hope, a little light in a very, very dark world; but it maintains realism and honesty. No quick fixes or false hopes – just the encouragement of getting on with life despite everything.

Depression and the burden on the health service is often in the news in some form or another. Depression is the most common mental health issue worldwide, and believed to be second largest cause of sickness and disability. It also is a major factor in other conditions such as ischemic heart disease, as well as being present in many suicide cases.

Nick Weatherhogg went to Leeds University medical school to fulfil his lifelong dream of becoming a cardiac surgeon. However a lengthy stay in hospital after contracting meningitis necessitated a change of course, so he began to read mathematics at Leeds University. After graduating Nick spent 30 years in the classroom at a teacher of Mathematics, with some Psychology and ICT before leaving mainly due to poor health, as he battled mental health issues. He took a job in a residential care home working nights. After all those years teaching he feels it is nice to finally have someone expressing a little appreciation for his efforts! He also decided to start writing about the wide range of subjects about which he has long maintained an interest, starting with the semi-autobiographical look at ‘Living with Depression’. Born in Wales, he is passionate about Welsh rugby, as well as a committed follower of Leeds United. He is active as a lay preacher in a few local churches, and church pianist for his home Baptist church. His other interest is listening to music (“almost anything 1680 - 1980”). Nick now lives in Somerset with his wife and four sons.

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