The Novel Cure

An A to Z of Literary Remedies

Ella Berthoud & Susan Elderkin

A good book, read at the right moment, should leave you uplifted, inspired, energized and eager for more. With so many books to choose from, what’s the point of reading even one more that leaves you cold?
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Available as Paperback, eBook

A quirky popular reference book for literature lovers weary in brain and body and in need of a novel cure …

Mumsnet ‘Best Books for Christmas 2016’

‘Ideal for anyone who has ever wondered what on earth to read next’ S J WATSON

‘Witty, engaging and informative. The sort of book you choose for a friend and end up wanting to keep’ RACHEL JOYCE

This is a medical handbook, with a difference. Whether you have a stubbed toe or a severe case of the blues, within these pages you’ll find a cure in the form of a novel to help ease your pain. You’ll also find advice on how to tackle common reading ailments - such as what to do when you feel overwhelmed by the number of books in the world, or you have a tendency to give up halfway through. When read at the right moment, a novel can change your life, and The Novel Cure is an enchanting reminder of that power.


“Brilliant … A perfect gift”
vogue

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“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


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 (Sunset Over Chocolate Mountains and The Voices, both Fourth Estate) and in 2003 was listed by Granta as one of the Twenty Best of Young British Novelists. She also teaches creative writing and writes travel pieces and book reviews for various newspapers.

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. The Novel Cure is their first book together.

www.thenovelcure.co.uk