Luke's books offer first-hand experience of what it is like to go through extended periods of emotional turmoil and self-doubt. They are marked by a very honest description of his changing emotional states and offer practical advice on how to feel free again. Topics covered in both books include: how a sense of shame can become toxic; how it's often not what happened to you but what didn't happen to you that can cause lasting emotional damage; dealing with worrying intrusive thoughts; understanding our often unintentional scripts for life and the importance of connecting emotionally with yourself.
"How to find your way out when in despair"
An original and personal story, told through clever, often light-hearted cartoons about emotional health and the serious business of recovery."
Luke describes a recurring dream he used to have, that of trying to play golf in a tiny restricted space, the epitome of frustration. I had a similar dream when
I was in the police, of trying to run in
waist deep porridge, unable to move. It's gone now. Luke asked me to read his book after seeing my review on Amazon of Matt Haig's book 'Reasons to Stay Alive'. Luke's book is as good if not better
than that. It's serious, witty, funny, uplifting, and informative. A must read.
A heartbreaking and frank account of the author’s struggle with self-loathing. It explains how, through talking therapy, Pemberton found his way out of despair. There is lots of information on how
his journey progressed, the things that worked for him. It's full of further reading and resources to explore if you find yourself in a similar position to Pemberton.
Louis Appleby, CBE of Manchester University and chair of the Na
tional Suicide Prevention Strategy
Johathan Nicholas, Author "Who'd be a copper?"
Robin Brooks, GeekDad.com
Luke suffered from deep emotional insecurity and low self-esteem all his life. After the birth of his two children, a sense of mounting career pressure, and a sudden desire to leap out of a top floor window, he decided to do something serious about his predicament. After attending regular therapy sessions for 5 years and reading extensively on the subject, he realised his emotional problems stemmed from a series of damaging experiences in his childhood and that the best way to overcome these was to draw how he was feeling. This series of drawings became the basis for
How to find Your Way Out when in despair. Despite
this being a cathartic experience, this period of his life was also interspersed with numerous bouts of depression, burnout episodes, a spell in an addiction clinic, and various periods of sick leave. This led Luke to draw his continuing emotional ups and downs that formed the basis of his second book How to Sort Your Head out.
Luke is now experiencing much better mental health, has found a real peace of mind and is excited about his future.