Our Books

Martin Baker and Fran Houston are co-authors of two books; High Tide, Low Tide: The Caring Friend’s Guide to Bipolar Disorder and No One is Too Far Away: Notes from a Transatlantic Friendship.


High Tide, Low Tide: The Caring Friend’s Guide to Bipolar Disorder

REVISED EDITION (Kingston Park Publishing, 2021)

One of Bipolar UK’s top books on bipolar disorder.

We are best friends living three thousand miles apart. Fran has lived with depression and bipolar disorder for over twenty years: Marty is her main support, carer and lifeline. In High Tide, Low Tide we share what we’ve learned about growing a close, mutually supportive relationship between a “well one” and an “ill one”.

Using plain, non-technical language, real life conversations and examples from our own experience, we offer original approaches and practical tips for taking the good and the bad “One step at a time”. Uniquely, we show how technology and the internet mean no one is too far away to be cared for or to care.

Written from the well one’s perspective, our book focuses on being there. Discover how to build a relationship strong and flexible enough to handle mania, depression, and suicidal thinking. Explore what illness means, learn strategies for wellness and how best to support your friend and take care of yourself, whether you live on the same street or oceans apart.

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Also on Goodreads and in libraries around the world.

No One is Too Far Away: Notes From a Transatlantic Friendship

NEW EDITION (Kingston Park Publishing, 2021)

Friendship is a beautiful part of life and an important component of long-term wellness. When we met online in 2011 we never imagined we would develop a friendship that transcends time zones and international boundaries.

In No One Is Too Far Away we present sixty posts, originally published on our blog between March 2014 and October 2018, which show the deep-rooted value of shared experiences. Through these writings we demonstrate that mental illness needn’t be a barrier to meaningful connection; indeed it can be the glue that holds people together.

Available in print and for Kindle. Amazon direct links: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk