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Reading can be therapeutic

Recent research from the University of Liverpool indicates that reading fiction can help self-esteem and low mood. It is also beneficial in promoting a good night's sleep and reducing feelings of loneliness.

Bibliotherapy, or reading as a therapy, allows you to escape into another world and enter into that of the characters, helping you to identify with others and reduce your own sense of isolation.

You may not feel that you can cope with a hefty tome at first. Quick Reads have been commissioned as books written by best-selling authors and available at affordable prices, so that people can be introduced or re-introduced to reading as a pleasurable activity. They are also available in libraries. See www.quickreads.org.uk and thenovelcure.com for further information. Pleasant reading!