ISBN 9788174369772,The Novel Cure : An A - Z of Literary Remedies

The Novel Cure : An A - Z of Literary Remedies



Roli Books

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9788174369772

ISBN-10 8174369775


Number of Pages 488 Pages
Language (English)


Whether you have a stubbed toe or a stubborn case of the blues, within these pages youll find a cure in the form of a novel or a combination of novels to help ease your pain. Youll 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 if you have a tendency to give up halfway through. When read at the right moment in your life, a novel can quite literally change it and The Novel Cure is a reminder of that power. Written with authority, passion and wit, here is a fresh approach to finding new books to read and an enchanting way to revisit the books on your shelves.

About the Authors

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, while keeping up her intravenous diet of literature through reading and listening to books. Susan became a novelist (Sunset over the 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 at The School of Life in London and since then have been prescribing books either virtually or in person to patients all over the world. Though they are now divided by an ocean (Ella lives in England and Susan lives in the States) they still regularly send each other fictional cures to keep them on the straight and narrow and ensure that they are living life to the full. The Novel Cure is their first book together. Indrajit Hazra is a writer and journalist. He is the author of numerous novels including The Garden of Earthly Delights (Roli). His columns appear in the Times of India, the Sunday Guardian and the Khaleej Times. He lives in New Delhi and reads more than he writes.