Walking on Sunshine: 52 Small Steps to Happiness
Rachel Kelly

Walking on Sunshine: 52 Small Steps to Happiness

After the publication of Black Rainbow, Rachel Kelly’s memoir on recovering from two severe periods of depression, people often asked her what she had learnt about how to stay well. Her new book, Walking on Sunshine, answers that question. It is a season by season guide containing fifty-two small, sanity-saving tools, many of them based on the principles of mindfulness. 

Written in the confidential, conversational style of a good friend, the book will incorporate witty illustrations by the Daily Mail's Jonathan Pugh and of course poetry, reflecting Rachel's long-held belief that healing words can be a great source of tranquility in our busy lives.

Produced in a portable format that can be slipped discreetly into a bag or pocket, it will be the reader’s year-round support and companion

Book Details:

  • Author: Rachel Kelly
  • Published Year: 2015
  • Rights Sold
    • UK: Short Books
    • Croatia: Mozaik Knjiga
    • Germany: Heyne
    • Poland: Studio Astropsychologii
    • Turkey: Tara Kitap

Rachel Kelly

Rachel Kelly is a former Times journalist who is now a mental health campaigner, public speaker, and writer.  In her early thirties, Rachel was diagnosed with serious depression and subsequently suffered two major depressive episodes. These two episodes have become the defining events of her life. Since then, she has written about the condition, and how she has recovered, in books that have been read by tens of thousands of people. Her memoir about her experience of serious depression Black Rainbow was a Sunday Times bestseller .  Rachel now speaks publicly about her experienc...
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Book Reviews

  • "a beautifully-produced collection of tried and tested techniques for greater serenity and joy.  "
    Irish Independent on Sunday
  • "Beautifully and truthfully written...tipped as a Christmas bestseller."
    Daily Telegraph
  • "Kelly writes with charm and kindness about overcoming depression."
    Evening Standard
  • "It's a beautiful little book and it will help you with your anxiety."
    Jeremy Vine, presenter and broadcaster
  • "I absolutely LOVE this book. It's so gracefully accomplished and full of hope and practicality. Stretches out a hand to the lonely, the lost and the exhausted. It's a great gift of hard-won wisdom."
    Matthew d'Ancona, The Guardian
  • "I very much enjoyed this book's wisdom and sense of empathy."
    Jason Cowley, Editor of the New Statesman
  • "A deceptively simple guide to a less complicated life Kelly's warm, wise personal tips have universal application."
    Bel Mooney
  • "Absolutely lovely - so broad in scope and yet so simple and effortless. This is unlike anything I've seen before in the world of happiness books and I'm sure it will be a real source of inspiration to many people."
    Mark Williamson, Action for Happiness
  • "With philosophical gems, comforting poetry and breathing techniques, this inspirational read will bring brightness to the darkest of days."
    The Lady
  • "A book readers can dip into any time when they need a bit of reassurance or inspiration."
    Gloucestershire Echo
  • "The authenticity of the text, combined with its conversational tone, lends the book the overall impression of talking to a close friend."
    Kensington & Chelsea Magazine
  • "Age-old wisdom delivered with new magic, this book is a balanced and gentle companion on the road to a happier life."
    Oliver James
  • "I love this book - generous, spirited, fabulaic, and true - the way it demystifies the totem of happiness and breaks it down so simply and eloquently. It does not try to be a 'tome'; it knows that is not what real joy pivots round."
    Pele Cox, poet
  • "This book is amazing. I love it! It's got Rachel Kelly's warmth spilling out of every page."
    Emer O'Neill, Depression Alliance