Bluebird are excited to announce that they will be publishing a new book from #1 bestselling author Russell Brand in January 2019. Following on from Recovery: Freedom from our Addictions which spent three weeks at hardback non-fiction #1, Mentors: How to Help and Be Helped will be published on January 24th.
Russell’s new book will chart the impact significant people have had on his life – from his first addictions counsellor to some of the internationally respected thinkers who have guested on his hit podcast Under the Skin. Mentors tells stories of key moments and encounters in his life and is a meditation on how important both helping others and accepting help are to lasting happiness.
Russell writes: ‘I have mentors in every area of my life, as a comic, a Dad, a recovering drug addict, a spiritual being and as a man who believes that we, as individuals and the great globe itself, are works in progress and that through a chain of mentorship we can improve individually and globally, together.
‘We choose mentors throughout our lives sometimes consciously, sometimes not, sometimes wisely, sometimes not. The point of this book is to understand this process and to improve it. One of the unexpected advantages that my drug addiction granted is that the 12 step process of recovery that I practice includes a mentorship tradition.’
‘In this book I will talk to you about my mentors, how they have enhanced my life in practical and esoteric, obvious and unusual ways by showing me that it is possible to become the person I want to be in spite of the inner and outer obstacles I face. I will encourage you to find mentors of your own and explain how you may better use the ones you already have. Furthermore, I will tell you about my experiences mentoring others and how invaluable that has been on my ongoing journey to self-acceptance and how it has helped me to transform from a bewildered and volatile vagabond to a (mostly) present and (usually) focussed husband and father. ‘
Carole Tonkinson, Bluebird Publisher says: ‘Russell has been mentored by an extraordinarily wise group of people and he, in turn, has passed that knowledge on to the many people he has helped. Now he prepares to share his hard-won wisdom with all of us in his inimitable, breathtaking, funny, poignant style. We feel privileged to be working with Russell on this important book.’