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The Novel Cure An A to Z of Literary Remedies

by Ella Berthoud, Susan Elderkin

The Novel Cure An A to Z of Literary Remedies Synopsis

When read at the right moment, a novel can change your life. Bibliotherapists Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin know the power of a good book, and have been prescribing each other literary remedies for all life's aches and pains for decades. Together, they've compiled a medical handbook with a difference: a dictionary of literary cures for any malaise you can imagine. Whether it's struggling to find a good cup of tea (Douglas Adams, two sugars) or being in need of a good cry (Thomas Hardy, plus tissues), as well as cures for all kinds of reading ailments - from being a compulsive book buyer to a tendency to give up halfway through a novel - Ella and Susan have the tonic for all ailments, great or small. Written with authority, passion and wit, The Novel Cure is an enchanting reminder of the power and pleasure of forgetting your troubles in a good book.

The Novel Cure An A to Z of Literary Remedies Press Reviews

I keep a different acupuncturist, chiropractor, doctor and manicurist on speed dial for every single organ in my body. I keep this book by my bed for everything else -- RUBY WAX An exuberant pageant of literary fiction and a celebration of the possibilities of the novel * * Guardian * * A charming addition to any library. Time spent leafing through its pages is inspiring - even therapeutic * * Economist * * Brilliant . . . A perfect gift * * Vogue * * A tonic in itself. It's tempting to become a hypochondriac just to read more -- DAMIAN BARR Witty, engaging and informative. The sort of book you choose for a friend and end up wanting to keep -- RACHEL JOYCE, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Book Information

ISBN: 9781786891044
Publication date: 21st September 2017
Author: Ella Berthoud, Susan Elderkin
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 464 pages
Categories: Literary companions, book reviews & guides, Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Self-help & personal development,

About Ella Berthoud, Susan Elderkin

Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin met as English Literature students at Cambridge University, where they began giving novels to each other whenever one of them seemed in need of a boost. Ella went on to study fine art and become a painter and art teacher. Susan became a novelist and journalist. In 2008 they set up a bibliotherapy service through The School of Life in London, and since then have been prescribing books either virtually or in person to clients all over the world. With four children, two husbands, various cats, dogs, mice and tortoises (some of them imaginary) between them, ...

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