Put your ‘expert’ hat on, it’s Week 3 of Nonfiction November.
This week, What’s Nonfiction asks us to share a bunch of books on a particular topic (be the expert). I’ve picked a topic that I think will be an instant winner with my audience – books about reading!
There seems to be loads of books about reading lately, so I’m focusing on books about the healing power of reading.
This year I’ve read two – The Details by Tegan Bennett Daylight and Dear Reader by Cathy Rentzenbrink. Both memoirs explore how books provided comfort and guidance at critical times during the authors’ lives. But my go-to book in this category is the glorious volume, The Novel Cure by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin – it basically has a literary solution for every problem you might have, from jetlag or indecision to regret and haemorrhoids. For anyone suffering existential angst this year (and aren’t we all?), the recommendation is Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha.