An Ampthill author has credited writing a best-selling football book in helping him with depression.
Lifelong Arsenal fan Stewart Taylor, an Economics graduate and civil servant has penned a critically-acclaimed and gripping tome on tragic 1980s Gunners striker Paul Vaessen entitled Stuck in a Moment: The Ballad of Paul Vaessen.
Stewart said: “I’ve suffered from depression since I was 11. Writing this book was a lifeline. It got to the stage when I couldn’t find the will to do anything including pick up a pen. It wasn’t writer’s block, it was far worse, so the book has been a form of therapy.
“I actually started writing when I spent time in hospital. Like me Paul suffered from depression and had an addictive personality. But he was a tragic figure and him a victim. I used the phrase ‘seduced and abandoned’.
“He was told he was going to be the next big thing but when his career nosedived and he suffered a career-ending injury it meant he had to find something else to fill the void. Unfortunately he found drugs.”
Stewart added: “I spent five years of my life on this book and I felt a void after I had finished it. I can’t thank my wife and three kids enough all their love and support through some difficult times.”
The publication by GCR Books is available on Amazon or through Waterstones.