ABOUT THE BIBLIOTHERAPISTS
Ella Berthoud started reading on a journey from Tehran to London, on the parcel shelf of a Wolsey 1300 when she was five. She spent the next thirteen years reading books in inappropriate places. Ella first started talking about bibliotherapy with Susan Elderkin when they were at Cambridge together. Over the ensuing years they prescribed literature to their friends and family, while Ella worked as an artist and Susan wrote her own novels.
Simona Lyons joined the team in 2010. She has spent as long as she can remember with her head in a book and spent over a decade running an independent bookshop in North London before becoming a bibliotherapist. She loves nothing more than matching the right book to the right person and spreading her love of the written word.
Susan Elderkin is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, Sunset over Chocolate Mountains and The Voices. One of Granta’s 20 Best Young British Novelists in 2003, she also works as a critic and has taught creative writing on the MA courses at Birkbeck and Goldsmith’s. The Novel Cure: An A-Z of Literary Remedies by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin was published in September 2013 by Canongate. Susan is based in New York, USA.
Estelle Tang is an editor and writer who puts her reading to use as program advisor at Melbourne Writers Festival and editorial advisor at Paper Radio. Her writing has been published in Australian Book Review, Meanjin online, the Wheeler Centre’s Long View series, The Lifted Brow, The Big Issue and heard on Radio National. Estelle is based in Melbourne, Australia.
Booking and Venue
Sessions can take place in-person in London, Melbourne or the New York area or remotely via phone or skype. Our bibliotherapists will contact you within 2/3 days to arrange a convenient time to meet.
The School of Life
70 Marchmont Street
Please specify in-person or remote when booking.