Isabel Hardman Isabel Hardman

Taking pride in household chores really can ease depression

When his therapist first suggests it, Rhik Samadder is sceptical. But he gives housework a go, and is amazed by its effect

There are many books about what it’s like to live with mental illness and the aftermath of child sexual abuse. Most of them, though, fall into that deeply off-putting category of ‘misery memoir’: greyscale covers and cloying titles such as ‘The Child Who Everyone Hurt’ and ‘When the Darkness Never Lifts’.

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