Ffion Delaney lives alone with her cat Sukey, she has a very interesting and responsible job in education and a handsome man in her life. Recently she has developed a fascination with obituaries - reading other people's and writing her own! Ffion soon realises that her new found obsession, her growing lack of interest in her new relationship and her inability to concentrate on her work are symptoms of something serious. Karen Thodsen's latest book chronicles Ffion's struggle against the onset of depression with great honesty and compassion. The feelings of complete helplessness and the desire to retreat from all human contact are movingly expressed, as Ffion falls deeper and deeper into her well of depression, until she reaches the bottom and can finally look up and see the light above. Even though the subject matter in this book is serious, there is still some humour that comes through dealing with children and teachers in Ffion's working life. View from the bottom of the well describes the desolation of depression in a clear and unsentimental way and will greatly enhance the reader's understanding of this very common illness.
Karen Thodsen was a primary school teacher for many years, specialising in teaching children with reading and writing difficulties. She is taking a break from teaching to pursue other interests, garden design and travelling.