Regular price: $21.31

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
Select or Add a new payment method

Buy Now with 1 Credit

By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Buy Now for $21.31

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Susan Calman is a well-known comedian and writer who has appeared on countless radio and television programmes. Her solo stand up show, Susan Calman Is Convicted, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and dealt with subjects like the death penalty, appearance and depression.
The reaction to the show she wrote about mental health was so positive that she wanted to expand on the show and write a more detailed account of surviving when you're the world's most negative person.
The Crab of Hate is the personification of Calman's depression and her version of the notorious Black Dog. A constant companion in her life, the Crab has provided her with the best and very worst of times.
This is a very personal memoir of how, after many years and with a lot of help and talking, she has embraced her dark side and realised that she can be the most joyous sad person you'll ever meet.
Cheer Up Love is funny, poignant and (hopefully) informative. It's always good to talk.
©2016 Susan Calman (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
Show More Show Less

Critic Reviews

"Heartbreaking and heart-warming: unmissable." (Damian Barr, Metro)
Show More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

By American Bookworm on 06-08-16

Honest, Courageous, Warm and Funny!

This is one of the very best books I’ve ever read about depression— and I have read *many.*

Susan bravely opens her life and shares her experience with us, the good, the bad, and the ugly. With her trademark wit (usually heard on the BBC), she gives us a very real, very grounded, very passionate insight into what it’s like to live inside her head.

As someone who has lived with clinical depression for decades, I found myself nodding time and again, and saying ‘exactly!’ out loud. This is a great book for someone who lives with depression — it will make you feel understood, and less alone— but it’s perhaps even better as a gift to help someone understand what it’s like to experience depression.

Considering that her public image is her livelihood, I'm truly in awe of her willingness to reveal herself warts-and-all; the brutal candor with which she shares her faults, failures and struggles. As we share her journey to recovery, and to the great place where she is now, we can gain solace and support for our own journeys.

It’s a very inspiring book, and it will leave you with a solid foundation of hope and optimism. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Thank you, Susan, for everything you’ve put into this.

Read More Hide me

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

By Catherine Miller on 11-06-16

As poignant as it is humorous...

Amazing listen by a courageous woman determined to overcome obstacles-- both internal and external-- to live a full life, and eager to help others do the same. If you have ever felt "less than", depressed or anxious, or jyst plain stuck, this is for you. I can see that this will be a "go to" audiobook for me when I am feeling blue.

Read More Hide me

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

See all Reviews

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

By Miss on 06-01-16

Thank god for Susan Calman and this book!! Just excellent!

Calman is clever, cunning and devious - she's snuck so much sage advice and comfort into every cranny of this book that while I was chuckling away listening to this very funny book about her life, with every chapter I was also reassured beyond measure about what goes on mine and my family's and loved ones' heads.

Her narration is brilliant too, warm and confiding.

Thank god for this audiobook! Don't hesitate to download and listen!

Read More Hide me

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

By Colin McIntosh on 05-06-16

Open, honest, told with humour and humility

I was so impressed by the honesty in Susan Calman's book. There was a real and genuine emotion in her voice as she told how she copes with her depression "the crab of gate". It spoke of what so many feel and yet she's telling her story with humour which makes one smile (not laugh). I cannot recommend this book highly enough to others whether they have or had depression. I'd recommend because it's an honest, fascinating account of one person's struggle but with no self pity.

Read More Hide me

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

See all Reviews

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

By Fleur on 02-15-18


loved it. great voice. a lot of good thoughts. read it. dont think about otters

Read More Hide me

By Julie on 10-30-16

I loved your humor

you are so funny Susan. really enjoyed it. keep up the good work.

Read More Hide me
See all Reviews
© Copyright 1997 - 2018 Audible, Inc