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TRA free event - The Boy Between

29 October 2020 Share


We’re delighted to let you know about this new event from The Reading Agency. Following on from our Autumn special edition of TSL it seems very timely, and anyone at our joint weekend course in 2019 will know Natasha Devon is an excellent speaker. 


Bestselling novelist Amanda Prowse knew how to resolve a fictional family crisis. But then her son, Josiah, came to her with a real one. In this free event, presented by The Reading Agency and Libraries Connected, Amanda and Josiah are joined by writer, presenter and activist, Natasha Devon MBE, a trustee of Student Minds and patron of No Panic, to discuss their deeply personal story and the mental health crisis affecting young people today.

Tuesday, 10 November 2020 from 20:00 to 21:00

Booking details here


The first book to explore depression from the perspective of mother and son, The Boy Between tells the story of Josiah (Josh), a 19 year old Bristol University student who had the world at his feet – until one day things changed. Without warning, his mental health deteriorated to the point that he planned his own death. His mother, bestselling author Amanda Prowse, found herself grappling for ways to help him. With no clear sense of where help could be found, it felt like she might lose it all: her marriage, her own sanity and most crucially, her son.

Told in alternating chapters and giving unique voice to the impact of mental illness on child and parent and the immense strain it put on that relationship, The Boy Between is a vital call to action for more awareness and support for young people and their families. For anyone with depression and anyone who loves someone with depression, Amanda and Josh have a clear message – you are not alone, and there is hope.


Natasha Devon MBE is a writer, presenter & activist. She tours schools and colleges throughout the UK and beyond, delivering talks as well as conducting research on mental health, body image, gender & equality.