What ails you ?

Whether you have a stubbed toe or a stubborn case of the blues, within this website you’ll find a cure in the form of a novel – or a combination of novels – to help ease your pain. We have a selection of remedies chosen from our book, The Novel Cure, to give you an idea of what we’re all about, but if you don’t find what you are looking for just visit our surgery and request the answer to your own ailment – we always like a new challenge. 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 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.

And now, whether the young child you know is being bullied, the toddler can't sleep, or the teenager has fallen in love for the first time (or just doesn't know what to read next) we know that the right story will help them feel themselves again. Our second book – The Story Cure – is a manual for grown-ups who believe that the stories which shape children's lives should not be left to chance. Packed full of helpful lists of the best books to read when turning ten or going through a spy/horse/superhero phase, in The Story Cure we recommend the perfect children's book – from picture books to YA novels via the golden world of chapter books. From tantrums to tummy aches to teenage mood swings, there are times when a book is the best medicine of all.



Come and join us at the Cambridge Literary Festival this Saturday (22nd April) at 5.30-6.30pm when we'll be in conversation with Caroline Crampton of the New Statesman – and curing her of self-confessed inability to stop checking her phone... Anyone want to chip in with a literary cure?
Date & time:
Saturday 22nd April 5.30 to 6.30 pm

The Old Divinity School, St Johns College