Blackpool week has been and gone, and it’s getting harder and harder to write about Susan on Strictly without sounding a bit ‘schmaltzy’.

But, as Susan rightly points out, Strictly is schmaltzy, wonderfully so: it’s full of sequins and schmaltz and seriously complicated footwork,
and for eleven weeks now (that’s right, eleven weeks: somehow, hideously, it’s practically December) it’s been a source of sheer joy.


And it’s  been wonderful to hear how much the winners of our giveaways have been enjoyingCheer Up, Love. This week, as promised, there’s another giveaway. You know the drill: retweet, give us a follow, and cross your fingers.

We’d also like to share some of our favourite quotes from the book, a poignant, deeply personal and painfully funny discussion of what it means to live with depression (a.k.a. The Crab of Hate), and finding joy in life.

“The problem is that depression is like all-male comedy panel shows. No matter how much you want them to piss off, they’re still there for everyone to see.”

“I may have left my day job behind but, much like herpes, there’s no real cure for being a lawyer.

It could be worse! No, no it couldn’t. Right at this moment, in my head, nothing could be worse. I couldn’t feel more awful and ugly and sad. Leave me to my misery and this giant bowl of mashed potato I’ve made for myself.

“I’ve never recovered from the time I watched Up. The first ten minutes destroyed me.”

Best of luck to Susan and Kevin this Saturday, dancing the American Smooth to Bobby Darin’s “Beyond the Sea”

Happy listening, and happy weekends all.

#TeamCalman #StrictlySusan

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