buzz's Knowledge Service share their books for wellbeing this #HIW2021

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It's Health Information Week #HIW2021 this week, and one of the themes this year is uplifting resources. Our Knowledge Service are sharing their favourite books for wellbeing, whether it be a fiction book to relax to, or a non-fiction personal development/self help book.

Health Information Week is an annual multi-sector campaign promoting high quality information for patients and the public. High quality health information can have a huge impact on people’s ability to stay healthy and manage illnesses effectively, giving them a better quality of life.

Here the team explain how some of their favourite books help them to maintain good mental wellbeing...

Jane - The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

"This book is a tale about kindness and courage, focussing on the journey of a boy and his friends, a mole, a fox, and a horse. It's filled with words of wisdom and beautiful illustrations, it’s perfect to dip in and out of when you need some comfort or a pick me up."

Dawn - Anxiety for Beginners: A Personal Investigation by Eleanor Morgan

"I read this book a couple of years ago when I was feeling anxious, and it really helped me to read such an interesting and engaging book I could directly relate to. Eleanor writes about her own experiences with anxiety in great detail, which helped me to recognise and make sense of how I was feeling at the time. Whether you want to understand more about anxiety for yourself, to help understand what someone you know is going through, or because you have an interest in the topic, this is the perfect book to begin with!"

Lorna - One Year Wiser by Mike Medaglia

"This is the one book that never fails to help me feel positive. It’s a book of inspirational quotes and meditations from lots of different people throughout history, from Rumi to Roosevelt. Each quote is illustrated in Mike’s colourful, playful style. It’s not a book that you need to read in order. I just dip into it when I want some inspiration. It helps me feel more determined. I actually met Mike at a comic book festival and he’s a really cool guy!"

John - Terry Pratchett's Discworld series

"If I want to cheer myself up, I could pick up any of the books by Terry Pratchett. Set on the imaginary Discworld, where the laws of magic replace those of physics, the stories generally manage to contradict the standard science fantasy genre expectations with their sheer absurdist humour, and characters who reject their own stereotypes.

The series started with lighthearted satires on genre clichés, but gradually developed an added undercurrent of satire on human nature and our own world, adding a more complex level of entertainment. I enjoy the books involving the Ankh Morpork city watch and the benevolent dictator of the city, Lord Vetinari the most. In it, the Watch commander, Sam Vimes, is mysteriously sent back in time to investigate the murder of his hero and deal with the celebrated Glorious Revolution of the 25th of May, and he discovers the characters, motivations and events are not the same as the history books want us to believe.

The world might be imaginary, the situations absurd, and the clichés of time travel all mocked, but human nature doesn’t change, or even Dwarf, Gnome, Troll and Golem nature, and somehow, everything works out in the end."

Caroline - Notwithstanding: Stories from an English Village by Louis de Bernières

"I am currently dipping in and out of this book, which is a collection of short stories. Notwithstanding is the name of a mythical English village, the name picked because village life is notwithstanding. A set of interconnected stories show us the lives of the various notwithstanding villagers.

Some stories have the feel of a fairy tale or fable, others are vignettes. Several of the characters appear in different stories, the most frequent is Robert, a boy who rescues and rehabilitates injured and orphaned birds, including a talking rook named Lizzie.

Among the other villagers are the widow who goes everywhere with her husband’s ghost, the aging general whose mind is slipping and a woman who realises she needs to learn to get on with people! Beautifully written and often thought provoking, highly recommended!"

John - A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor

"I am reading this absorbing travel book in place of actually making any journeys myself this year, it is some small compensation!

The book is a memoir of an epic walking tour from the coast of Holland to the Black Sea at Istanbul, a walk the author made as a highly adventurous teenager in 1934 before the old Europe disappeared completely. His memory is phenomenal, and his sheer nerve is inspiring (or terrifying!). If only I could make at least half that journey today."

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Have a great weekend everyone!

Team buzz x

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