New – Singing in the Rain: An inspirational workbook

Thinking often makes us sad but doing rarely does. This book is about action: it is full of inventive and accessible activities, one for each week of the year, to help you rediscover your creativity and, little by little, build a new sense of purpose. With delightful illustrations, easy-to-follow exercises and puzzles, Singing in the Rain has something for everyone – from how to deal with difficult conversations to writing a letter to someone you love. This workbook is made of sturdy stuff. It can take whatever you throw at it or write in it, and it will still be here for you, without judgement. Rachel Kelly has based her exercises on numerous psychological studies as well as feedback from hundreds of people in the world of mental health. Her motto is small things lead to big change. Follow her practical steps for finding your voice and expanding your range, and you’ll soon find yourself hitting the higher notes of life.

“This book is absolutely wonderful.” – Dr Carmine Pariante (FRCPsych), Professor of Biological Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College London

“This book is fantastic. It’s such a lovely combination of engaging personal stories, thought-provoking ideas, and simple but not simplistic action suggestions. And all weaved together with Rachel Kelly’s normal calm, friendly and accessible style. Brilliant.” – Mark Williamson, Director of Action for Happiness

“I absolutely love this book. Rachel Kelly is an alchemist for the spirit. I found it incredibly helpful to work through the activities, 1 for each week of the year and I know others will find it extremely useful.” – Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of Buckingham University, author of Beyond Happiness and co-founder of Action for Happiness

The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food

‘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.

Published in the US as The Happiness Diet by Simon & Schuster.

Walking on Sunshine: 52 Small Steps to Happiness

‘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.

iF: A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility

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”