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Everyone’s reading tastes are different but these titles have been recommended by readers as likely to lift the spirits.

If you have a book to recommend email Reading Agency with the title and a short comment or tweet your suggestions using #moodboosting. More information about the self-help books featured can be found on the Reading Agency website.

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  1. A month in the country book cover A Month in the Country by JL Carr
    In the summer of 1920, a young man escapes London to embark on the unveiling of a medieval church wall painting in a small north country village. As he becomes absorbed by his work so too does he get drawn into the lives of those around him.
  2. A sea change book cover A Sea Change by Veronica Henry
    Craig spends as much time as he can at the beach hut he rents with a few of his mates. As a policeman, it is a welcome break from his daily life. One weekend he's down there on his own when he notices a girl. He's young and single and she catches his eye. But during this weekend, both Jenna and Craig's lives are about to change.
  3. A spot of bother book cover A spot of bother by Mark Haddon
    George Hall doesn't understand the modern obsession with talking about everything. At 57, George is settling down to a comfortable retirement then Katie, his tempestuous daughter, announces that she is getting remarried, to Ray...
  4. All passion spent book cover All passion spent by Vita Sackville-West
    All Passion Spent is a portrait of a fiercely independent woman trying, late in life, to escape the clutches of an over solicitous family.
  5. Chocolat book cover Chocolat by Joanne Harris
    When an exotic stranger, Vianne Rocher, arrives in the French village of Lansquenet and opens a chocolate boutique directly opposite the church...
  6. Gilead book cover Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
    In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, a kind of last testament to his remarkable forebears. Ames is troubled too by his prodigal namesake, Jack Boughton, his best friend's ne'er-do-well son.
  7. Hector finds time book cover Hector Finds time by Francois Lelord
    Poor Hector. Our intrepid psychiatrist is not feeling quite as young as he used to, he feels always in a hurry. He decides to get to the bottom of this time business, and to do so, of course a round-the-world adventure is required.
  8. I capture the castle book cover I capture the castle by Dodie Smith
    This is the journal of Cassandra Mortmain. First, there is her eccentric father. Then there is her sister, Rose - and her stepmother, Topaz. Finally, there is Stephen, who is in love with Cassandra. Cassandra records her feelings on all of them...
  9. Let the great world spin book cover Let the great world spin by Colum McCann
    Set in a time of sweeping political and social change 'Let the Great World Spin' is the story of three disparate lives which will ultimately collide in the shadow of one reckless and beautiful act.
  10. Miss Garnet's angel book cover Miss Garnet’s Angel by Salley Vickers
    Miss Garnet's Angel is a voyage of discovery, a novel of Venice but also a rich story of the explosive possibilities of change in all of us at any time.
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