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A Literature-Lover's First Aid Kit: A Top 10 of Reading Remedies

Posted on 13th December 2017 by Waterstones

A Hardy for your heartache? A Milton when you’re wiltin’? A Tolstoy for your toothache?... ok, maybe not that last one, but if you’re in need of a pick-me-up, we’ve a prescription of literary tonics. From cocktails from the classics to poetic panaceas, it's just what the doctor ordered.

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Universal, inspirational, delightful: William Sieghart’s The Poetry Pharmacy is less a collection of verse than a companion for life. There are words here for everyone, for every moment in our journey, dispensing wisdom and reassurance
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A masterful collection of essays on storytelling by Philip Pullman, one of our greatest writers. Warm, funny, generous, entertaining and, above all, deeply considered, they offer thoughts on a wide variety of topics, including the origin and composition of Philip's own stories, the craft of writing and the story-tellers who have meant the most to Philip.
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Bibliotherapists Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin know the power of a good book, and have been prescribing each other literary remedies for all life's aches and pains for decades. Whether it's struggling to find a good cup of tea (Douglas Adams, two sugars) or being in need of a good cry (Thomas Hardy, plus tissues), Ella and Susan have the tonic for all ailments, great or small.
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A gift of a cookery book with over 100 delicious recipes taken from the author's favourite works of fiction. From Before Noon breakfasts and Around Noon lunches to Family Dinners and Midnight Feasts, The Little Library Cookbook captures the magic and wonder of the meals enjoyed by some of our best-loved fictional characters.

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A collection of thirteen dark, feminist retellings of traditional fairytales from one of Ireland's leading writers for young people. In the tradition of Angela Carter, stories such as Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin are given a witchy makeover. Be warned though, these stories are definitely not for the faint-hearted!
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When we spend so much of our time immersed in books, who's to say where reading ends and living begins? Considering everything from Edith Wharton's novels through to Alan Bennett's diaries, Virginia Woolf and the writings of twelfth century monk Aelred of Rievaulx, Susan Hill charts a year of her life through the books she has read, reread or returned to the shelf.
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The Faber poetry list, was originally founded in the 1920s. Since the sixties, each passing decade has seen the list grow with the addition of poets who were arguably the finest of their generation. This diary includes poems to accompany you through the year, including poems by Samuel Beckett; Emily Berry; William Blake; Rupert Brooke; and Lord Byron.

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A funny gift book for barflies, a terrific treat for book clubs, and a clever tribute to literature, this smart beverage book is a light, entertaining, and pun-filled celebration of drinking and writing that will appeal to lovers of cocktails and classics. Tequila Mockingbird is a one-of-a-kind, unique, and must-have treat for everyone's next party or book club.
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Viv Groskop has discovered the meaning of life in Russian literature. As she knows from personal experience, everything that has ever happened in life has already happened in novels. This is a literary self-help memoir, with examples from the author's own life that reflect the lessons of literature, only in a much less poetic way than Tolstoy probably intended.
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Absence doesn't make the heart grow fonder. It makes people think you're dead. So begins Christopher Fowler's foray into the back catalogues and backstories of 99 authors who, once hugely popular, have all but disappeared from our shelves.
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Everyone knows getting dirt, grime and damn spots from your hands can be a difficult business. Now, with Lady Macbeth's hand soap, scented with all the perfumes of Arabia, even the most difficult stains like blood and gore are gone in a flash, leaving your skin blemish free, even if your conscience isn't.
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Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery, this Austen journal is sure to delight and inspire your prose! Simply turn to today's date and take a few moments to reflect on a quote from one of Jane Austen's iconic works. When you finish the year, move on to the next section. As the years pass, you'll notice how your entries evolve alongside the timeless witticisms of Jane Austen.
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Love books? Love BIG books? We have the perfect thing. For fans of monster volumes, the I Like Big Books badge is the perfect medal of honour to demonstrate their passion for reading that comes only Extra Large.
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Shop in style with this sturdy fabric shopper with strong handles, featuring an iconic 'Book Nerd' design for dedicated book-lovers everywhere.
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