The Novel Cure: An A-Z of Literary Remedies

The Novel Cure: An A-Z of Literary Remedies

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Sick? Tired? Lost your job? Take one dose of literature and repeat until better. The Novel Cure is an A-Z of literary remedies that offers a cure in the form of a novel for all kinds of ailments of the mind and body, and life's general ups and downs. Whether you have stomach flu, low self esteem or are just stuck in a rut, this book will recommend a novel to help ease your pain. This is a medical handbook - with a difference. Austen for arrogance, Bronte for a broken heart, Pynchon for paranoia or Tolstoy for toothache- the remedy for your malady is at your fingertips. Featuring old and modern classics, unheard-of gems, novels for all tastes and ages, The Novel Cure is a warm and passionate, witty and wonderful way to expand your reading list (and cure what ails you), and the perfect gift for all bibliophiles.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 148 x 214 x 33mm | 528g
  • Text Publishing Co
  • The Text Publishing Company
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 1922079359
  • 9781922079350
  • 924,748

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`Their suggestions are guaranteed to provide emotional restoration through the magic of prose.' * Simple Things * `An exuberant pageant of literary fiction and a celebration of the possibilities of the novel.' * Guardian UK * `Ingenious and unapologetically literary.' * Daily Mail * 'Eclectic and infectious, The Novel Cure is one of the most revealing and bracing books about books to come along in some time.' -- Kirkus 'It can be easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to literary fare. This book is guaranteed to get you spreading your wings.' * Australian Doctor * 'This delightful book takes a...light-hearted approach to bibliotherapy...The book lists a splendid catalogue of ailments for which reading a book or two is the cure - of course I loved it!' -- ANZ Lit Lovers 'Whimsical and erudite...The Novel Cure remains serious without taking itself too seriously, gives advice without preaching, and advocates, with warmth and humour, the importance of literature as a therapeutic medium.' * Sydney Morning Herald/Age * 'It doesn't matter how obscure your physical or emotional ailment, you will cure in this A-Z of literary remedies. It offers more hope than medical nanotechnology with no side effects. Verdict: panacea.' * Herald Sun * 'I'll offer my own ailment and cure: Reading slump, being in a: Read The Novel Cure.' -- Whispering Gums 'Anyone who has ever sought solace in a book will appreciate the concept behind this "medical handbook with a difference".' * West Australian * 'A delightful reference guide...[Berthoud and Elderkin] tackle serious and not-so-serious ailments with equal verve...elegant prose and discussions that span the history of 2,000 years of literature will surely make readers seek out these books.' * Publishers Weekly * 'The smart self-help money is not on Dukan or Atkins or Gina Ford but on Tolstoy, Hemingway and Austen...Even if these authors can't cure you, they can comfort you.' * Australian * 'Witty and wise, The Novel Cure is essential for anyone who needs to lie down and recuperate with a good book.' * Sunday Age/Sun Herald * '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.' -- S. J. Watson
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About Ella Berthoud

Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin have been best friends since university, where they began prescribing books for one another. Ella went on to study fine art and became a painter and art teacher. Susan became a novelist and was listed by Granta as one of the 20 Best of Young British Novelists in 2003. She is also a travel writer, journalist and reviewer. Together, they now hold sell-out bibliotherapy sessions and retreats in the UK and have a regular slot with The School of Life.
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1,386 ratings
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4 39% (543)
3 24% (326)
2 6% (86)
1 1% (18)
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