Surviving Me

Tom has decided he doesn't want to live. Adam wishes he had that choice.

Tom's lost his job and now he's been labelled 'spermless'. He doesn't exactly feel like a modern man, although his double life helps. Yet when his secret identity threatens to unravel, he starts to lose the plot and comes perilously close to the edge.

All the while Adam has his own duplicity, albeit for very different reasons, reasons which will blow the family's future out of the water. 

If they can't be honest with themselves, and everyone else, then things are going to get a whole lot more complicated.

About the author

Jo Johnson is a clinical psychologist specialising in neurological disorders and mind health. She is the author of nine non-fiction publications, including story books for child relatives of someone with a neurological diagnosis, 'Grandpa seashells', 'Talking to your kids about MS', 'My mum makes the best cakes' and 'Shrinking the Smirch'. In 2009, she was awarded a plain English award for a practical workbook relating to Multiple sclerosis.

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Why We Like It

  • This book tackles taboo subjects such as suicide and hard issues such as inherited degenerative diseases in an honest, life-affirming and often humorous way.
  • Surviving Me focuses particularly on men and the challenges of being male in today’s world and explores how our silence on these big issues can help push men to the brink.
  • Jo Johnson is a clinical psychologist meaning there is nobody else better equipped to talk about the issues that Surviving Me deals with.

Jo provides resilience training to a range of frontline workers including doctors, nurses and police officers to protect their minds from work-related burnout.

Surviving Me is her first novel and doesn’t shy away from serious issues: suicide, infertility, unwanted pregnancy, religious faith and ill health. These are all themes she knows well and can write about with authenticity. Telling and listening to stories is an integral part of her work as a clinician and speaker.

She is working on the sequel. She lives in West Sussex with her husband and has four children.

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