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Five Feel-good Books

Yesterday I had a little grump with my current read which in this wintry weather I just didn’t feel like reading. As an antidote I decided to give Agatha Raisin a whirl, as the festive cover and and comic plot seemed just the thing to cheer me up. I’m already racing through it.

In case anyone else is having a similar slump, I thought I would put together a short list of feel-good books guaranteed to give you a bit of a lift.

The Uncommon Reader, by Alan Bennett (Faber & Faber, 128 pages).

“It made me happy, and it made me think all with just a few pages of brilliant prose.” (read full review)



Good-Bye, Mr. Chips, by James Hilton (Little Brown and Company, 126 pages.)

Goodbye Mr Chips, by James Hilton“As comforting and typically English as a buttered crumpet in front of the fire.” (read full review)



The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Bloomsbury, 256 pages).

“…even halfway through reading it I didn’t want to like it, but in spite of myself I found it to be one of the most heartwarming and poignant pieces of writing I have read in a while.” (read full review)


A Town Like Alice, by Nevil Shute (Vintage Classics, 368 pages).

“…an adventure part morality tale about personal strength, survival and a woman’s desire to create something beautiful out of the bare means in a time when women had very little influence.” (read full review)

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, by Winifred Watson (Persephone Books, 256 pages).

“a diverting and utterly charming read as well as being a little bit inspiring…” (read full review)



What are your favourite feel-good reads?