Reading for Wellbeing

Child of All Nations

This is a fascinating read about a time when children had more freedom, the old order was being challenged and Europe was in turmoil.

Where nests the water-hen

I loved it for its beautiful descriptions of the landscapes and wilderness of this part of the world, and of a way of life which sounds idyllic, peaceful, and more in tune with nature.

When God was a rabbit

This book bring made me laugh out loud, angry and sad, but above all appreciate the love bonds we all have and should treasure.

The history of love

The history of love by Nicole Krauss This intricately woven story centres around ‘a book within a book’, tying together the lives of 14 year old Alma Singer and an old Polish immigrant called Leo Gursky, both living in New York.  Leo spends his days thinking about his death but yet desperately clinging to life, conspicuously […]

Me before you

Jojo Moyes doesn’t shy away from a controversial subject nor does she cop out come the conclusion.

Stag’s leap (poem)

The narrator has plumbed the depths but seems to be surfacing…

The well and the mine

it’s hopeful, funny, touching, thoughtful….


Although this novel deals with challenging themes – domestic violence, death, judgement, small town prejudices – it’s really infused with a strong sense of hope and resilience. And the writing is just beautiful – haunting, earthy and lyrical.


Persuasion takes us on a journey from despair to happiness, from loneliness to love. I think you can hardly ask any more from a novel than that – it’s a real literary antidepressant.

Red dust road

She tells tales of the everyday and gives voice to people you can actually imagine meeting in your daily life. But in bringing these people to life on the page and narrating everyday experiences, she suffuses the apparently ordinary with the truly magical.