The Story Cure: An A-Z of Books to Keep Kids Happy, Healthy and Wise

Author(s): Ella Berthoud; Susan Elderkin


The stories that shape our children's lives are too important to be left to chance. With The Story Cure, bibliotherapists Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin have put together the perfect manual for grown-ups who want to initiate young readers into one of life's greatest pleasures.

There's a remedy for every hiccup and heartache, whether it's between the covers of a picture book, a pop-up book, or a YA novel. You'll find old favourites like The Borrowers and The Secret Garden alongside modern soon-to-be classics by Michael Morpurgo, Malorie Blackman and Frank Cottrell-Boyce, as well as helpful lists of the right reads to fuel any obsession - from dogs or dinosaurs, space or spies.

Wise and witty, The Story Cure will help any small person you know through the trials and tribulations of growing up, and help you fill their bookshelves with adventure, insight and a lifetime of fun.


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A treasure trove of practical, stimulating knowledge for anyone faced with the daunting and joyous task of matching the right book to the right child. A magical resource -- MATT HAIG

Erudite, inventive, eminently browsable * * Telegraph * *

Wonderful * * Mumsnet * *

Brilliant . . . A perfect gift * * Vogue on The Novel Cure * *

For anyone who loves reading. It's the sort of book you choose for a friend and end up wanting to keep. My advice would be to buy two -- RACHEL JOYCE, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry on The Novel Cure

An exuberant pageant of literary fiction and a celebration of the possibilities of the novel * * Guardian on The Novel Cure * *

A charming addition to any library. Time spent leafing through its pages is inspiring - even therapeutic * * Economist on The Novel Cure * *

Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin met as English Literature students at Cambridge University, where they began giving novels to each other whenever one of them seemed in need of a boost. Ella went on to study fine art and become a painter and art teacher. Susan became a novelist and journalist. In 2008 they set up a bibliotherapy service through The School of Life in London, and since then have been prescribing books either virtually or in person to clients all over the world.

With four children, two husbands, various cats, dogs, mice and tortoises (some of them imaginary) between them, they created their first book, The Novel Cure, together in 2013, followed up by The Story Cure in 2016.

General Fields

  • : 9781782115298
  • : Canongate Books
  • : Canongate Books
  • : August 2017
  • : 21.40 cmmm X 15.30 cmmm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : July 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ella Berthoud; Susan Elderkin
  • : Hardback
  • : Main
  • : Rohan Eason
  • : English
  • : 028.5
  • : 384
  • : numerous full page black and white illustrations and black and white vignettes