Living With A Black Dog
by Matthew and Ainsley Johnstone
After the success of I Had a Black Dog, Pan MacMillan Australia approached me to see if I’d be interested in doing another illustrated Black Dog book. Initially I said ‘no’ because I didn’t feel like I had another book of that nature in me. One night, however, I sat down with Ainsley (my wife) and together we started scribbling some thoughts on a book aimed at sufferers and carers. Very quickly we realized that we had a lot of fresh thoughts and that indeed this ‘woof book’ had to be given legs.
Carer’s in any illness are often like a moon orbiting a dying sun; they have to keep everything going; jobs, households, children, while looking after those who suffer. If a carer doesn’t look after himself or herself, they too can become ill. This book is dedicated to those wonderful people.
Living With a Black Dog came out in 2008 and has since followed the path of its brother (or sister, depending on how you look at it).