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Fiction Prescriptions with Ella Berthoud • Episode #146

Join us as professional book-recommender and Bibliotherapy queen Ella Berthoud helps us figure out how to overcome life’s essential problems (if you’re a reader, that is), namely how to cope with all the books there are in the world, what to do when you feel stuck in a reading rut, and the ultimate question, if you’ve started a book you’re not enjoying, should you finish it? We’re also diving into Ella’s latest project, Fiction Prescriptions, a pack of cards with reading recommendations to soothe your soul and offer a cure for modern life, from Ageing through to Boredom via Hangovers and Procrastination.


Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

The Last Passenger by Will Dean

Therese Raquin by Emile Zola

Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce

The Dream Job by Kiersten Modglin

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

The Overstory by Richard Powers

And if you want more from the source do seek out The Novel Cure, co-written with Susan Elderkin, and Ella’s own books The Art of Mindful Reading, and Fiction Prescriptions.

If you want to find out more about Ella’s bibliotherapy sessions or any other aspect of her work the link to her website, Ellaberthoud.com, is in the show notes.

Listen via the media player above, or in your favourite podcast app with this podfollow link.


If you enjoyed this episode, why not catch up with the last time Ella joined us, and hear more about her book The Art of Mindful Reading, in episode 92.

For a deep dive into the world of bibliotherapy read Can Reading Make You Happier? by Ceridwen Dovey.

Transcript for Fiction Prescriptions episode

[coming soon]


How about you, do you finish a book you’re not enjoying? What do you think about the 50-pages rule? Let us know your thoughts.


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