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Winston Churchill called his bouts of depression the Black Dog. Is modern life conjuring this sinister beast into more people’s lives, and why is acknowledging it such a taboo?

8th May, 2010

I’ve always had an affinity with the journalist and bestselling novelist Allison Pearson. This may be because of the night in February 2008 when I was sitting up in bed, reading her last novel, I Don’t Know How She Does It, a semi-autobiographical account of the life of a working mother with two small children.

Perhaps it was her unflinching honesty, or maybe it was the passage where she discovers the raisins...

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