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Depression – an agony more powerful than love

A review of Black Rainbow: How Words Healed Me — My Journey Through Depression, by Rachel Kelly. A harrowing memoir of how a sea of monsters took hold of a successful woman

17 May 2014

9:00 AM

17 May 2014

9:00 AM

Black Rainbow: How Words Healed Me — My Journey Through Depression Rachel Kelly

Yellow Kite/Hodder, pp.304, £16.99, ISBN: 9781444789997

Rachel Kelly, a respected former journalist on the Times, might seem the most blessed of women: five children, marriage to the banker Sebastian Grigg and a large house in Notting Hill. However, soon after her second child was born she suffered a breakdown of a most acute kind.

Terrified, and in such distress that all she could keep saying over and over was ‘I’m going to crash,’ her account of her illness is harrowing to read.

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