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26
Sep
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The Great Eastern Philosophers: Matsuo Basho

In the West, we have a vague sense that poetry is good for our ‘souls’, making us sensitive and wiser. Yet we don’t always know how this should work. Poetry has a hard time finding its way into our lives in any practical...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
30
Aug
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The Novel Cure

Once upon a time we gave novels to one another. Perhaps one of us needed some escapism, or a boost – or a gentle rap on the knuckles in the form of a cautionary tale. Then we started giving recommendations to friends unsure...
Posted by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin
13
May
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Dear Bibliotherapist

Dear Bibliotherapist, Now that the sun is finally out and spring seems to be bursting forth like pent-up religious fervour, I feel a huge desire to start afresh, and turn myself into something new. I’ve been treading water too long, unable to move on...
Posted by Ella Berthoud
15
Apr
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Dear Bibliotherapist

Dear Bibliotherapist, I’m just back from The School of Life’s intensive in Sao Paolo. I had a truly inspiring time, and was not only filled with ideas for how to change my life for the better, but also fell completely in love with Brazil....
Posted by Ella Berthoud
12
Mar
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Dear Bibliotherapist

Dear Bibliotherapist, I wish I could live forever. Though maybe in a different body, with a new nose. Do great authors of the past and present have any wisdom to impart on this theme? Which are the best ones to read? Dear Immortalist, This is a...
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17
Dec
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Books Launch in the US

We're delighted to announce that two titles from our popular series of new guides for everyday living will be published in the US by Picador on 24th December 2012. Pre-order copies are now available to buy by clicking on the links below. How To Think...
Posted by The School of Life
16
Nov
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Dear Bibliotherapist...

Dear Bibliotherapist, With the drizzle of November and the dark evenings descending so early, I am feeling a strong need to either fly to Tobago or make some serious changes in my life. What they should be, I’m not sure. Join the next Iron...
Posted by Ella Berthoud
30
Oct
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Dear Bibliotherapist

Dear Bibliotherapist, With the season of spooks approaching, I feel a tingling in my fingers; they itch to find some scary tales to read aloud around a fire on a dark autumnal evening – or to read to myself, enjoying the feeling of my...
Posted by Ella Berthoud
05
Sep
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Dear Bibliotherapist

Dear Bibliotherapist, With a mixture of dismay and delight, I feel the summer holidays coming to an end. Thrilled though I will be to pack my kids off back to school, I will miss them being around, and I have to face the real...
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15
Aug
PAINT

Dear Bibliotherapist

Dear Bibliotherapist, I am a painter, and I worry about issues of originality. It’s almost impossible to paint in a style that is completely unique. I wish I could. I spend much of my life and waste half of my canvasses in vain attempts...
Posted by Ella Berthoud
06
Jul
Olympic Bibliotherapist

Dear Bibliotherapist

  Dear Bibliotherapist, I am really excited about the Olympic Games in London, but can’t get a single ticket! I am inclined to either hang around the events on the outside just to soak up the atmosphere, or to take off somewhere far away and...
Posted by Ella Berthoud

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