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.


Susan's TEDx talk goes LIVE!

Susan recently took to the TEDx stage in Sherborne to talk about how one particular novel cured her of her struggle to find time to read... Watch the talk on Youtube and if you like it, please LIKE it and send both the talk and the cure (with the following hashtags) to all your book-loving friends! 

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