The Happiness Diet

Over the past five years, Rachel has worked with nutritionist Alice Mackintosh to build up a repertoire of over 60 recipes that target particular symptoms, from insomnia and mood swings to anxiety and exhaustion.

In this bright, warm, beautifully designed cookbook, they put all their theories into practice, explaining how you can incorporate these dietary changes seamlessly into your daily life. Along with fantastic recipes and daily meal planners, each chapter features informative introductions explaining the nutritional science behind their advice. The Happiness Diet also offers cheat sheets of essential foods to incorporate into your diet, with comforting thoughts and inspirational quotations. Follow the advice in these pages, and even if it’s the only life change you make, you will begin to feel stronger and lighter with each passing week.

The recipes in the Happiness Diet put around 150 nutritional studies into practice.  

The Happy Kitchen

The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food, published by Short Books, is about eating to stay calm and well. Together, over 5 years, Alice Mackintosh and Rachel developed recipes that put around 150 nutritional studies into practice. They’ve helped Rachel to become more energised, less anxious, clearer thinking, more balanced and a better sleeper.

By harnessing the power of food to boost her mood, not just on melancholy days, Rachel has been able to stabilise her feelings. Nutrition has become an important element in Rachel’s holistic approach to staying well, and she wanted to share what she has learnt in the happy kitchen.

Walking On Sunshine

Walking on Sunshine offers 52 tips, tools and positive ideas (one for each week of the year) to help you better manage the pressures of everyday life. Rachel shares the strategies that have helped her stay calm and happy after overcoming two episodes of severe depression. Some of the steps relate to particular experiences and events, such as holidays, work and her children’s exams; others are useful at any time. Written in the confidential, conversational style of a good friend and illustrated by Daily Mail cartoonist Jonathan Pugh, Walking on Sunshine serves as a constant, supportive companion through the seasons.

Black Rainbow

Black Rainbow is the powerful first-person account of Rachel’s struggle with clinical depression and how she managed to recover, in part, through harnessing the healing power of the written word. In 1997, Oxford graduate, working mother and Times journalist Rachel went from feeling mildly anxious to being completely unable to function within the space of just three days. After a short spell in a psychiatric hospital, she returned home to be cared for by her family.

Black Rainbow offers a lifeline to anyone seeking to understand better the experience of depression and is testament to the therapeutic value of the arts.


Now in its fourth edition, iF: A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility is a beautifully illustrated collection of poetry designed for children aged 0 – 90. The anthology is edited by Rachel and Allie Esiri and was first published by Canongate Books in 2012. Full of Rachel and Allie’s best-loved poems, it is sure to delight and entertain – a sentiment shared by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy who said the book should feature on the shelf of every child in Britain.

Black Rainbow App

User friendly and free, the Black Rainbow app has a personal feel and aims to provide comfort in quiet moments to individuals suffering from depression. It features a collection of healing poems and prose extracts carefully selected by Rachel and read by acclaimed actors and broadcasters, together with Rachel’s input on the diet and exercise strategies that she found most helpful in her own recovery. Black Rainbow is available for download on iPhone and Android.


iF Poems App

Designed and conceived by Rachel Kelly and Allie Esiri, iF Poems is a highly recommended, best-selling poetry app featuring 270 classic poems as well as audio recordings by celebrated actors including Helena Bonham Carter, Bill Nighy, Tom Hiddleston and Harry Enfield. Made for iPhone and iPad, the app costs £2.29 and 10% of all sales go to help fund the work of Save the Children. Available for download on iTunes.


“My strength is made perfect in weakness”

“My strength is made perfect in weakness”