Former Alnmouth woman hopes putting her experiences into new book will help people battling depression

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An author, who grew up in Alnmouth, has told how her battle with depression prompted her to write a book to help others.

Katherine James has created ‘The Story of Hope’, released to coincide with this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week.

Although a piece of fiction, it includes practical advice for anyone struggling with mental health problems.

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Katherine, based in Whitchurch, Hampshire, now runs a successful marketing consultancy but she recalls: “Back in 2014, I was in a really difficult place. I didn’t know how to find a new direction.

Katherine James with a copy of her new book, The Story of Hope.Katherine James with a copy of her new book, The Story of Hope.
Katherine James with a copy of her new book, The Story of Hope.

“So I searched desperately for a book to help me overcome all that adversity and depression. I couldn’t find that book, so I wrote one myself.

“The book encourages people who feel trapped, and have lost hope, to rewrite their own story and find the courage to begin a new chapter.”

Katherine recalls that she was a shy, sensitive child.

“I spent many hours in the attic of our large house by the sea where I grew up - trying to make sense of the world,” she said.

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The Story of Hope.The Story of Hope.
The Story of Hope.

“I fed my imagination with fairy tales and fantasy literature - things like the Hobbit, Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland. The heroes and heroines of those tales became my friends.

“This was also the time that I first came up with the concept of ‘The Story of Hope’ – and it’s great to now see it being published as a book.”

It is published by Storyarc Publishing. To find out more visit

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