Porthleven Literature Festival

16/04/2016
Today Ella will be having bibliotherapy sessions with food lovers, as Porthleven Literature Festival joins up with the hugely popular Porthleven Food Festival. At 3.30pm she will talk to Antony Worrall-Thompson about his literary loves and hates, as well as what novels  he would eat as a snack, main meal and dessert...

TAKE TWO CHAPTERS DAILY -THE GUARDIAN TODAY

13/04/2016
We're delighted to join in the debate around prescribing fiction in GP's surgeries, in today's Guardian

On Finding Books

30/11/2015
How do we find our way to the right books? Hear Susan in conversation with Jihii Jolly of Columbia University's Education Lab for the first a new podcast series, An Audience of One – an exploration of reading and the "creative space":

Episode 1: On Finding Books by EdLabStudios

The paperback is out!

20/09/2015
What better start to life for our paperback than Alex Clark's Guardian review – . "A wonderful fusion of the practical and the entertainingly whimsical." 


Read it here.

MUST READ IN DAILY MAIL

05/09/2015
We are delighted that The Novel Cure was chosen as a 'must read' for The Daily Mail this week alongside Agincourt by Juliet Barker and Chasing Lost Time by Jean Findlay.
Must Reads Daily Mail

PAPERBACK OUT TODAY!

05/09/2015
On the 3rd September, 2 years after the hardback was launched, we are delighted to announce the paperback edition. Small, portable and a joy to behold like an espresso first thing in the morning, this is a book you can take anywhere and always find an essential companion.

PORT ELIOT

03/08/2015
What a wonderful weekend bibliotherapising gorgeous people at Port Eliot. This was Ella's first time at the fabulous festival in Cornwall, and she was delighted to meet all kinds of readers from the surfer from LA to Fine Art student of the Royal Academy, a fashionista who wants to rediscover reading, a retired maths teacher writing a book about pixies, and many more. Old friends and new were encountered and made, and much fine food was sampled. Ella found it almost impossible to resist the joys of the mud banks revealed from beneath the estuary surface, but she felt she shouldn't meet her clients encased in ooze. Next time....

CURIOUS ARTS FESTIVAL

01/08/2015
Ella had a wonderful weekend giving out biblio prescriptions to punters at the beautiful Curious Arts Festival at Pylewell Park. This time she was visited not just by adults in need of brilliant books, but children too, testing her inner library with demands for excellent, gripping, informative and fun reads. Luckily Philip Ardagh, Josh Lacey, Matt Haig and Piers Torday were all there inspiring the kids as well as the adults.

PEREINE PRESS SUPPER CLUB

17/06/2015
Ella was delighted to be asked to speak at the wonderful Pereine Press's Supper club, about the novel Reader for Hire by Raymond Jean. The book was truly mesmerising, and spoke to Ella on many levels about the experience of reading.Meike Ziervogel and her guests enjoyed the truly excellent food and company at Book and Kitchen, where we all ate, drank, and talked about the many different ways that readers can be seduced by the writer.
The Pereine Press publish novels which are translated from European languages. Each one is carefully selected, and is chosen partly for its brevity - they can be read in one sitting, normally less than two hours. We love this! The books are also visually irresistible.

OVERWHELMED BY THE NUMBER OF AILMENTS IN THE SURGERY…

13/06/2015
Thank you to all those who have dropped in to our on-line surgery in the last week and shared their problems and predicaments with us – welcome to the site! Traffic has been pretty heavy since our appearance in The New Yorker – readers of this illustrious magazine clearly know a good thing when they hear about it. If you have posted us an ailment in the last few days, please be patient as we work through the backlog.* We'll let you know by email when your cure has gone up – but do also bear in mind that a more in-depth prescription tailored to your personal tastes and reading habits can be obtained by booking a one-to-one bibliotherapy session with us via The School of Life. We frequently do these sessions by skype so it doesn't mean you need to jump on a plane to London…

Meanwhile, pick up a copy of The Novel Cure at your nearest bookshop (now available in a variety of different languages!).

*If patience is not one of your many virtues, take our cure for Being in a Waiting Room: Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination.

What’s in the medicine cabinet?