How do you make the negative chatter inside your head stop? Like a never-ending nightmare game of Whac-A-Mole, once you've refrained from listening to the voice that is destroying your confidence, there's another one in the wings that wants to belittle you on your inability to maintain a relationship. And there's a bully just around the corner wanting to sabotage your reasons to be optimistic. Often they're all in there at the same time, wreaking havoc. And so it goes on, a relentless chorus that, in James Rhodes's case, explodes in his head as he waits in the green room, before he steps on stage, when he's in his hotel room. Just as it can hit him when he's quietly sipping coffee in a bar in Madrid, or walking down a street in Munich.Fire On Both Sides delves deep into the vulnerability of the human psyche. By exposing his daily struggles with mental illness during a five-month concert tour, James articulates what it's like to be suffocating from depression, anxiety and frustration in a way that is intensely revealing. It explores how it is that we can, on paper at least, be professionally successful, even live the life we dreamed of and didn't think possible, and yet still be wracked by paralysing grief and apoplectic anger. All because of the uncontrollable workings of our mind.It is the ultimate anti-self-help book: there are no solutions. And James shows that it is alright not to have answers, that feeling crazy isn't necessarily something that needs to be fixed. Perhaps we don't need to be so hell-bent on resolving our own problems, and instead of setting impossible goals for ourselves, we recognise and accept what's good enough, even if the rest of the world doesn't agree with us. Surely that is the key to finding some kind of peace and acceptance. As James - exhausted, broken, tired of fighting - returns home for Christmas, it is with this gradual realisation that messy imperfection, with all its fragility and humanity, is ok. Is even something to aspire to. And that goes for us all.Rarely has a book felt so necessary, urgent and important.