The Book Club Review

Fiction Prescriptions with Ella Berthoud • #146

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Episode notes

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,, is in the show notes.

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