'Utterly fascinating. I have long felt that books can be medicine. Now I understand why. Read this book. Feel better.'
Beth Kempton, bestselling author of Wabi Sabi: Japanese wisdom for a perfectly imperfect life
'One of the most fascinating books that I have read in years! Beautifully written and full of insights, this book demonstrates the healing power of stories and how you can transform your life through bibliotherapy.'
Simon Alexander Ong, bestselling author of Energize, international keynote speaker and award-winning coach.
In this unique and transformational guide to healing, bibliotherapist and counsellor Bijal Shah explores the restorative power of reading.
Bibliotherapy traces the history of how therapeutic reading evolved - including the important role played by the best writers such as the Stoics, Montaigne, Eliot and Wordsworth. In doing so, Bijal offers first-hand stories from clients who have found solace in great works of literature when struggling with grief, relationships or illness. Full of practical advice and insights into how bibliotherapy really works, Bijal offers an A to Z reading list of books for every mood and need.
A much-needed reminder of how comforting and life-changing reading can be, Bibliotherapy is a sumptuous celebration of books that will invite you to see them as more than just an escape, but a legitimate form of self-care.