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.
Susan Elderkin and Ella Berthoud
* Witty, engaging and informative, The Novel Cure is for anyone who loves reading. It's the sort of book you choose for a friend and end up wanting to keep. My advice would be to buy two -- RACHEL JOYCE author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry * Witty, warm and wise, I loved this book within moments of dipping in and know I shall be returning to it for a long time to come. It's a wonderful reminder of the restorative power of fiction and ideal for anyone who has ever wondered what on earth to read next -- SJ WATSON author of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP * The Novel Cure is a tonic in itself. It's tempting to become a hypochondriac just to read more -- DAMIAN BARR author of Maggie & Me * An exuberant pageant of literary fiction and a celebration of the possibilities of the novel Guardian * We're hooked Psychologies * Great fun and wonderfully inspiring, The Novel Cure is a must for any booklover's shelves The Bookseller, September's best books * Brilliant Bookseller Editor's Pick * [An] amazing book ... I suspect it is one that many a reader will want to own and keep to hand for every eventuality. Books about books are always a treat, I have a shelf full of them, but The Novel Cure is different, much more than that and I can see how useful it will be dovegreyreader.com * In times of trouble, a good book can soothe any kind of pain. Longtime friends Berthoud and Elderkin take that notion to a new level in their delightful reference guide to 'bibliotherapy' ... They tackle serious and not-so-serious ailments with equal verve ... Berthoud and Elderkin's elegant prose and discussions that span the history of 2,000 years of literature will surely make readers seek out these books. Taking two novellas and calling the bibliotherapists in the morning sounds welcome indeed Publishers Weekly