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Reading Well Books on Prescription

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Coventry Libraries are proud to provide Reading Well Books on Prescription and Reading Well Mood Boosting Books at all our libraries

Tell us what you think about Reading well - Your feedback is really important so that we can understand how helpful reading the books has been and how we can develop the schemes in the future.

We’d be grateful if you could take a few minutes to fill in a survey for the book you read – your answers will be kept confidential.

Reading Well Books on Prescription help you to understand and manage your health and well-being using helpful non-fiction reading.

The books are all endorsed by health experts, as well as people with living with the conditions covered and their relatives and carers. You can be recommended a title by a health professional, or you can visit your local library and take a book out yourself.

Collections include:

  • Reading Well Books on Prescription for Common Mental Health Conditions
  • Reading Well Books on Prescription for Dementia
  • Reading Well for Young People – Shelf Help
  • Reading Well for Long Term Conditions

Reading Well Books on Prescription for mental health

Reading Well for mental health provides information and support for people with common mental health needs and for dealing with difficult feelings and experiences. The books are all endorsed by health experts, as well as people with personal experience of mental health conditions. The books are available for anyone to borrow from public libraries. They can also be recommended by health professionals to support treatment.

How does the scheme work?

The books are available for anyone to read from their local library for free. If the book you are looking for is not available you can reserve it for free. Your GP or another health professional may have also recommended one of the titles. It is easy and free to join your local library and if the book recommendation form has been signed by your GP or another health professional this will act as suitable I.D. to join.

How have the books been selected?

Books have been selected according to a rigorous book selection protocol by a panel of experts by professions and experience.

Titles in the Reading Well for Mental Health collection

Therapies and approaches:

  •  Introducing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): A Practical Guide by Elaine Iljon Foreman and Clair Pollard
  • Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman

Common feelings and experiences:

  • Overcoming Anger and Irritability, Second Edition by William Davies
  • An Introduction to Coping with Grief, Second Edition by Sue Morris
  • Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving by Julia Samuel
  • The Essential Guide to Life after Bereavement: Beyond Tomorrow by Judy Carole Kauffmann and Mary Jordan
  • Overcoming Low Self-Esteem, Second Edition by Melanie Fennell
  • Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness, Second Edition by Gillian Butler
  • The Sleep Book: How to Sleep Well Every Night by Guy Meadows
  • Stress Control: A Mind, Body, Life Approach to Boosting Your Well-being by Jim White

Wellbeing

  • Living Life to the Full: Key Life Skills to Change Your Life by Chris Williams
  • The CBT Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Using CBT to Overcome Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Low Self-Esteem and Anger by Pamela Myles and Roz Shafran
  • Mind Over Mood, Second Edition by Dennis Greenberger and Christine A. Padesky

Depression

  • An Introduction to Coping with Depression, Second Edition by Lee Brosan and Brenda Hogan
  • Manage Your Mood: How to Use Behavioural Activation Techniques to Overcome Depression, Second Edition by David Veale and Rob Willson
  • Overcoming Depression, Third edition by Paul Gilbert

Anxiety and panic

  • An Introduction to Coping with Anxiety, Second Edition by Brenda Hogan and Lee Brosan
  • Overcoming Anxiety, Second Edition by Helen Kennerley
  • Overcoming Health Anxiety by Rob Willson and David Veale
  • Overcoming Worry and Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Second Edition by Kevin Meares and Mark Freeston
  • Overcoming Panic, Second Edition by Vijaya Manicavasagar and Derrick Silove
  • The Sheldon Short Guide to Phobias and Panic by Kevin Gournay

Obsessions and compulsions

  • Break Free from OCD: Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with CBT by Fiona Challacombe, Victoria Bream Oldfield, Paul M Salkovskis

Binge eating and bulimia nervosa

  • Getting Better Bite by Bite: A Survival Kit for Sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders by Ulrike Schmidt, Janet Treasure and June Alexander
  • Overcoming Binge Eating, Second Edition: The Proven Program to Learn Why You Binge and How You Can Stop by Christopher G. Fairburn

Body image and body dysmorphic disorder

  • Body Image Problems and Body Dysmorphic Disorder: The Definitive Treatment and Recovery Approach by Chloe Catchpole, Lauren Callaghan, Annemarie O’Connor

Mood swings

  • Overcoming Mood Swings, Second Edition by Jan Scott

Depression and relationships

  • Defeating Depression: How to Use the People in Your Life to Open the Door to Recovery by Roslyn Law

Postnatal depression

  • The Compassionate Mind Approach to Postnatal Depression: Using Compassion Focused

Therapy to Enhance Mood, Confidence and Bonding by Michelle Cree

Personal Stories:

  • A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled by Ruby Wax
  • Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
  • A Manual for Heartache by Cathy Rentzenbrink
  • I Had a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone
  • The Recovery Letters edited by James Withey and Olivia Sagan
  • We're All Mad Here: The No-Nonsense Guide to Living with Social Anxiety by Claire Eastham

Support for carers:

  • Living with a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone
  • The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton by Sathnam Sanghera

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia recommends books you might find helpful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia, or want to find out more about the condition. The books include information and advice, help after diagnosis, practical support for carers and personal stories.

How does it work?

The books are available for anyone to read from their local library for free. If the book is not available you can reserve it for free. Your GP or another health professional may have also recommended one of the titles.

It is easy and free to join your local library and if the book recommendation form has been signed by your GP or another health professional this will act as suitable I.D. to join. If you do not know where your local library is find your nearest library.

Remember, all book loans and borrower information is treated as strictly confidential.

What are the books like?

Titles in the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia collection

The complete list of titles for the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia collection including a brief description is available as a download.

Information and advice

Normal ageing and memory problems

  • Introduction to the Psychology of Ageing for Non-specialists by Ian Stuart-Hamilton, published by Jessica Kingsley
  • Coping with Memory Problems by Sallie Baxendale, published by Sheldon Press

About dementia

  • Alzheimer's and Other Dementias: Answers at Your Fingertips by Alex Bailey, published by Class Health
  • Understanding Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias by Nori Graham and James Warner, published by Family Doctor
  • ABC of Dementia by Bernard Coope and Felicity Richards, published by John Wiley
  • About Dementia: For People with Learning Disabilities by Karen Dodd, Vicky Turk and Michelle Christmas, published by BILD Publications

For children

  • Grandma by Jessica Shepherd, published by Child's Play

Living well with dementia

  • First Steps to Living with Dementia by Simon Atkins, published by Lion Books
  • Dementia Positive by John Killick, published by Luath Press
  • Hearing the Person with Dementia: Person-Centred Approaches to Communication for Families and Caregivers by Bernie McCarthy, published by Jessica Kingsley

Activities to share

  • Chocolate Rain: 100 Ideas for a Creative Approach to Activities in Dementia Care by Sarah Zoutewelle-Morris, published by Hawker
  • Pictures to Share series by Helen Bate, published by Pictures to Share

Support for relatives and carers

  • When Someone You Love has Dementia by Susan Elliot-Wright, published by Sheldon Press
  • And Still the Music Plays: Stories of People with Dementia by Graham Stokes, published by Hawker
  • Can I Tell You about Dementia? A Guide for Family, Friends and Carers by Jude Welton, published by Jessica Kingsley
  • Dementia: Support for Family and Friends by Dave Pulsford and Rachel Thompson, published by Jessica Kingsley
  • 10 Helpful Hints for Carers: Practical Solutions for Carers Living with People with Dementia by June Andrews, published by University of Sterling, Dementia Services Development Centre
  • Seeing Beyond Dementia: A Handbook for Carers with English as a Second Language by Rita Salomon, published by Radcliffe Publishing

Personal stories

  • Dancing with Dementia: My Story of Living Positively with Dementia by Christine Bryden, published by Jessica Kingsley
  • Dear Dementia: The Laughter and the Tears by Ian Donaghy, published by Hawker
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova, published by Simon & Schuster
  • Losing Clive to Younger Onset Dementia: One Family's Story by Helen Beaumont, published by Jessica Kingsley
  • Telling Tales About Dementia: Experiences of Caring by Lucy Whitman, published by Jessica Kingsley
  • The Little Girl in the Radiator: Mum, Alzheimer's and Me by Martin Slevin, published by Monday Books
  • But Then Something Happened: A Story of Everyday Dementia by Chris Carling, published by Golden Books

If you are a health professional you may find the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia - Health professionals list of use in the study and practice of dementia care. These titles are available at Central Library only.

Further support

The following organisations also offer help and information:

Alzheimer's Society

The UK's leading dementia support and research charity.
National helpline: 0300 222 1122
Local office: Coventry branch details

Dementia Friends

The Alzheimer's Society's programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people's perceptions of dementia.

Living Well with Dementia (Coventry and Warwickshire)

A portal with help, information and advice about dementia created in partnership with other local authorities, NHS, private and voluntary sector organisations across Coventry and Warwickshire.

Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia is supported by:

Alzheimer's Society, British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the British Psychological Society, Carers UK, Dementia UK, National Association of Primary Care, NHS England (IAPT), Innovations in Dementia, Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia scheme for England is delivered by the Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians with funding for the Arts Council England.

The Reading Agency

The Reading Agency is an independent charity with a mission to give everyone an equal chance in life by helping people become confident and enthusiastic readers. It is funded by the Arts Council England and has a formal partnership with public library services.

The Society of Chief Librarians

The Society of Chief Librarians leads the debate on the future of public libraries and advocates for continuous improvement of the public library service on behalf of local people.

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Reading Well Books on Prescription for young people

Reading Well Books on Prescription for Young People recommends books that provide helpful information and step-by-step techniques for managing common mental health issues for 13-18 year olds including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and self-harm.

How does it work?

The books are available for anyone to read from their local library for free. If the book is not available you can reserve it for free. Your GP or another health professional may have also recommended one of the titles.

It is easy and free to join your local library, you just need your parent or guardian to sign a registration form. If you do not know where your local library is find your nearest library.

Remember, all book loans and borrower information is treated as strictly confidential.

What are the books like?

Some of the books follow a self-help approach based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Many of them include practical, step-by-step activities to help with common mental health issues like stress and depression. There are also fiction titles within the collection with themes covering mental health.

Titles in the Reading Well Books on Prescription for young people collection

The complete list of titles for the Reading Well Books on Prescription for Young People collection including a brief description is available as a download.

General

  • Blame My Brain by Nicola Morgan, published by Walker Books
  • Stuff That Sucks: Accepting What You Can't Chag and Committing to What You Can by Ben Sedley, published by Robinson
  • Quiet the Mind by Matthew Johnstone, published by Robinson
  • The Self-Esteem Team's Guide to Sex, Drugs and WTF?!! by Self-Esteem Team, published by Joh Blake Publishing
  • Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson, published by Hot Key Books
  • I'll Give You Sun by Jandy Nelson, published by Walker Books [Fiction]
  • Every Day by David Levithan, published by Electric Monkey [Fiction]
  • Kite Spirit by Sita Brahmachari, published by Macmillan [Fiction]
  • House of Windows by Alexia Casale, published by Faber & Faber [Fiction]

ADHD

  • Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD by Patricia O. Quinn and Judith M. Stern, published by Magination Press

Anxiety, worry and panic

  • My Anxious Mind: A Teen's Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic by Michael A. Tompkins, Katherine A. Martinez and Michael Sloan, published by Magination Press
  • Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens: CBT Skills to Overcome Fear, Worry and Panic by Jennifer Shannon, published by New Harbinger
  • The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens: CBT and ACT Skills to Help You Build Social Confidence by Jennifer Shannon, published by New Harbinger
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, published by Simon & Schuster [Fiction]

Autism and Asperger syndrome

  • The Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice from the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida, David Mitchell and Keiko Yoshida, published by Sceptre
  • Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence by Luke Jackson, published by Jessica Kingsley
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon, published by Vintage [Fiction]

Body image and eating disorders

  • Banish Your Body Image Thief: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Building Positive Body Image for Young People by Kate Collins-Donnelly, published by Jessica Kingsley
  • Can I Tell You About Eating Disorders?: A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals by Bryan Lask, Lucy Watson and Fiona Field, published by Jessica Kingsley
  • Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield, published by Walker Books

Bullying

  • Vicious: True Stories by Teens About Bullying by Hope Vanderberg, published by Free Spirit Publishing
  • Bullies, Cyberbullies and Frenemies by Michelle Elliott, published by Wayland

Confidence and self-esteem

  • Banish Your Self-Esteem Thief: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Building Positive Self-Esteem for Young People by Kate Collins-Donnelly, published by Jessica Kingsley
  • Self-Esteem and Being You by Anita Naik, published by Wayland
  • Face by Benjamin Zephaniah, published by Bloomsbury [Fiction]

Depression

  • Am I Depressed and What Can I Do About It?: A CBT Self-Help Guide for Teenagers Experiencing Low Mood and Depression by Shirley Reynolds and Monika Parkinson, published by Robinson
  • I Had a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone, published by Robinson
  • Can I Tell You About Depression?: A Guide for Friends, Family and Professionals by Christopher Dowrick, Susan Martin, Mike Medaglia and Paula Dowrick, published by Jessica Kingsley

Mood swings

  • Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills for Helping Teens Manage Mood Swings, Control Angry Outbursts and Get Along with Others by Sheri Van Dijk, published by New Harbinger

OCD

  • Touch and Go Joe: An Adolescent's Experience of OCD by Joe Wells, published by Jessica Kingsley
  • Breaking Free from OCD: A CBT Guide for Young People and Their Families by Jo Derisley, Isobel Heyman, Sarah Robinson, Cynthia Turner and Lisa Jo Robinson, published by Jessica Kingsley
  • The Unlikely Hero of Room 13b by Teresa Toten, published by Walker Books [Fiction]

Self-harm

  • The Truth About Self-Harm: For Young People and Their Friends and Families by Celia Richardson, published by Mental Health Foundation

Stress

  • Fighting Invisible Tigers: Stress Management for Teens by Earl Hipp, published by Free Spirit Publishing
  • The Teenage Guide to Stress by Nicola Morgan, published by Walker Books

Further support

The following organisations can also offer help and information:

Young Minds

  • The UK'S leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
  • Helpline for parents: 0808 202 5544

Mind

  • Mind is a charity who offer mental health support and advice
  • Contact number: 029 2039 5123

Reading Well Books on Prescription for Young People is supported by:

  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, the British Psychological Society, Mental Health Foundation, Mind, NHS England (Children and Young People's Mental Health), Public Health England, Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Psychiatrists and Young Minds.

The Reading Well Books on Prescription for young people scheme for England is delivered by the Reading Agency, the Society of Chief Librarians and the Association of Senior Children's and Education Librarians with funding from the Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust.

  • The Reading Agency - The Reading Agency is an independent charity with a mission to give everyone an equal chance in life by helping people become confident and enthusiastic readers. It is funded by the Arts Council England and has a formal partnership with public library services.
  • The Society of Chief Librarians - The Society of Chief Librarians leads the debate on the future of public libraries and advocates for continuous improvement of the public library service on behalf of local people.
  • The Association of Senior Children's and Education Librarians - The Association of Senior Children's and Education Librarians leads on excellence in library services for children and young people and schools so that every child or young person visiting a public library is inspired by an exciting environment which makes reading for pleasure irresistible and that every school has access to a high quality school library service.

Reading Well mood-boosting books

Reading Well Mood-boosting books is a national promotion of uplifting novels, non-fiction and poetry that have been chosen by readers across the country.

Titles in the Reading Well mood-boosting books collection

  • Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy edited by Neil Astley
  • Bee Journal by Sean Borodale
  • Dart by Alice Oswald
  • The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  • Miss Garnet's Angel by Salley Vickers
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
  • A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr
  • A Sea Change by Veronica Henry
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend
  • Soul Music by Terry Pratchett
  • A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen
  • Thursdays in the Park by Hilary Boyd
  • Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
  • Turned Out Nice Again: On Living with the Weather by Richard Mabey
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
  • Various Pets Alive and Dead by Marina Lewycka
  • Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years by Sue Townsend
  • Aphrodite's Hat by Salley Vickers
  • Being Alive by Neil Astley
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach
  • The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley
  • Chocolat by Joanne Harris
  • Driving Over Lemons by Chris Stewart
  • The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Hector Finds Time by Francois Lelord
  • Jamie's Ministry of Food: Anyone Can Learn to Cook in 24 Hours by Jamie Oliver
  • Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell
  • The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
  • My Boy Butch: The heart-warming true story of a little dog who made life worth living again by Jenni Murray
  • Of Mutability by Jo Shapcott
  • Restless by William Boyd
  • Starter for Ten by David Nicholls
  • This Book Will Save Your Life by A. M. Homes
  • Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene
  • A Cat Called Norton by Peter Gethers
  • The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
  • The Island by Victoria Hislop
  • The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  • The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
  • The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
  • On Love and Barley: The Haiku of Basho by Matsuo Basho
  • The Other Side of the Side by Gervase Phinn
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
  • A Slice of Britain: Around the Country by Cake by Caroline Taggart
  • Us by David Nicholls
  • You Made Me Late Again by Pam Ayres
  • The Green Road into the Trees: A Walk Through England by Hugh Thomson
  • The Humans by Matt Haig
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • Ode to Didcot Power Station by Kit Wright
  • Paris for One by Jojo Moyes
  • The Stories by Jane Gardem

If you have a mood-boosting book to recommend to other readers email moodboosting@readingagency.org.uk with the title and a short comment or tweet your suggestions to the Reading Agency (@readingagency) using the hashtag #moodboosting.

Join a readers' group

Reading groups are a great way to get together with like-minded people. They cater for all sorts of people are all kinds of reading tastes and abilities.

The list of readers' groups currently run in our libraries is available as well as information on setting up your own readers' group.

Reading Well Books on cancer

People who have been diagnosed with cancer have recommended these books. Most of the books are not specifically about cancer but have been recommended as books that people found mood-boosting during or after treatment.

General cancer

  • The emperor of all maladies: a biography of cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • How I said bah! to cancer by Stephanie Butland
  • Cellmates. Our lessons in cancer, life, love and loss by Rose T Clarke
  • Not the last goodbye. Reflections on life, death, healing and cancer by David Servan-Schreiber
  • The C-word by Lisa Lynch

Treatment and side effects

  • Chemo cookery club: over 150 recipes for your journey to recovery by Penny Ericson
  • Coping with chemotherapy by Terry Priestman
  • Healthy eating during chemotherapy by Jose Van Mil
  • How to eat well when you have cancer by Jane Freeman
  • Coping with the psychological effects of cancer by Robert Bor

After treatment

  • Anni's cancer companion by Anni Matthews
  • How to eat well when you have cancer by Jane Freeman
  • Anti-cancer: a new way of life by David Servan-Schreiber
  • The cancer survivor’s companion. Practical ways to cope with your feelings after cancer by Lucy Atkins
  • The cancer survivors club by Chris Geiger

Advanced cancer, death and bereavement

  • Morality by Christopher Hitchens
  • Mums list by St John Greene
  • When I die. Lesson from the death zone by Phillip Gould

Breast cancer

  • Breast cancer: the essential guide by Katherine Locke
  • Breast cancer: your treatment choices by Terry Priestman
  • Breast cancer by Cristobel Saunders
  • Breast cancer: Answers at your fingertips by Emma Pennery
  • Getting it off my chest. How I lost my breast and found myself by Janice Day
  • Take off your party dress. When life’s too busy for breast cancer by Diana Rabinovitch

Personal experience

  • Being Sarah by Sarah Horton

Colorectal cancer

  • Bowel cancer: the essential guide by Ian Eustace

Prostate cancer

  • Coping successfully with prostate cancer by Tom Smith
  • 100 questions & answers about prostate cancer (3rd ed) by Pamela Ellsworth
  • Prostate cancer by Malcom Mason 
  • Prostate cancer. The essential guide by David Loshak

Other cancers

  • Cervical cancer: the essential guide By Mary Lunnen
  • Your brain after chemo. A practical guide to lifting the fog & getting back your focus: what’s your excuse? By Daniel Silverman
  • Living with a stomach cancer by Craig A. White
  • Lung cancer by Stephen Falk
  • 100 questions & answers about bladder cancer (2nd ed) By Pamela Ellsworth
  • 100 questions & answers about myeloma (3rd ed) By Asad Bashley
  • Skin cancer and sun safety. The essential Guide By Rachel Newcombe

Books for carers

  • Selfish pig’s guide to caring by Hugh Marriott
  • Their cancer: your journey. A traveller’s guide for carers, family and friends by Anne Orchard
  • What can I do to help? (2nd ed) By Deborah Hutton

Reading Well books for people with long term conditions

Reading Well for people with long term conditions is a collection of books that provides information and support for people living with a long term health condition and their carers. The books provide quality-assured information about common conditions and symptoms, practical advice for living with a long term condition and support for self-management.

Reading Well for long term conditions covers general information about living with a long term condition, as well as a focus on conditions such as diabetes and stroke, and common symptoms such as pain and fatigue. The list also includes titles to support the carers, friends and families of people living with a long term condition.

The books are available for anyone to borrow from public libraries. They can also be recommended by health professionals to support treatment.

How does it work?

The books are available for anyone to read from their local library for free. If the book is not available you can reserve it for free. Your GP or another health professional may have also recommended one of the titles.

It is easy and free to join your local library and if the book recommendation form has been signed by your GP or another health professional this will be suitable I.D. to join. If you do not know where your local library is find your nearest library.

Remember, all book loans and borrower information is treated as strictly confidential.

How have the books been selected?

The books have been selected through a rigorous process by a panel of experts by profession and experience. The book selection protocol can be downloaded at www.reading-well.org.uk. The scheme has also been developed in consultation with people with experience of living with long-term conditions, facilitated by the Coalition for Collaborative Care.

Titles in the Reading Well for people with long term conditions collection

 General

  • How to Feel Better: Practical Ways to Recover Well from Illness and Injury by Frances Goodhart and Lucy Atkins, published by Piatkus
  •  Self-Management of Long-Term Health Conditions by Kate Lorig (ed.), published by Bull Publishing

Fatigue

  • Fighting Fatigue: A Practical Guide to Managing the Symptoms of CFS/ME by Sue Pemberton and Catherine Berry, published by Hammersmith Books
  • Overcoming Chronic by Fatigue by Mary Burgess and Professor Trudie Chalder, published by Constable & Robinson

Pain

  • Manage Your Pain by Michael Nicholas, Allan Molloy, Lois Tonkin and Lee Beeston, published by Souvenir Press
  • Overcoming Chronic Pain by Frances Cole, Hazel Howden-Leach, Helen Macdonald and Catherine Carus, published by Constable & Robinson
  • Pain is Really Strange by Steve Haines, illustrated by Sophie Standing, published by Singing Dragon

Sleep problems

  • An Introduction to Coping with Insomnia and Sleep Problems by Colin A. Espie, published by Robinson

Mental health and wellbeing

  • Coping with the Psychological Effects of Illness: Strategies to Manage Anxiety and Depression by Fran Smith, Robert Bor and Karina Eriksen published by Sheldon Press

Arthritis

  • Arthritis: A Practical Guide to Getting On with Your Life by Chris Jenner, published by How To Books
  • Arthritis: Exercise Your Way to Health by Paula Coates, published by A&C Black

Bowel conditions

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Answers at Your Fingertips by Udi Shmueli, published by Class Health
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Navigating Your Way to Recovery by Megan Arroll and Christine Dancey, published by Hammersmith Books
  • Go Your Crohn Way: A Gutsy Guide to Living with Crohn’s Disease by Kathleen Nichollspublished by Singing Dragon

Breathing difficulties

  • Asthma: Answers at Your Fingertips by Mark Levy, Monica Fletcher & Soren Pederson, published by Class Health
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): The Facts by Graeme P. Currie, published by Oxford University Press

Diabetes

  • Diabetes for Dummies by Alan L. Rubin, published by John Wiley & Sons
  • Diabetes: the Facts by David Matthews et al. published by Oxford University Press
  • Type 2 Diabetes in Adults of All Ages (Second Edition) by Charles Fox and Anne Kilvert, published by Class Health

Heart disease

  • Heart Attack Survival Guide by Mark Greener, published by Sheldon Press
  • Living with Angina by Tom Smith, published by Sheldon Press
  • Understanding and Dealing with Heart Disease by Keith Souter, published by Summersdale

Stroke

  • Stroke: the Facts by Richard I. Lindley, published by Oxford University Press
  • Rebuilding Life After Stroke by Reg Morris, Malin Falck, Tamsin Miles, Julie Wilcox, Sam Fisher-Hicks, published by Jessica Kingsley
  • How I Rescued My Brain: A Psychologist's Remarkable Recovery from Stroke and Trauma by David Rowland, published by Scribe UK

Support for carers and relatives

  • The Carer’s Handbook by Jane Matthews, published by How To Books
  • The Selfish Pig's Guide to Caring: How to Cope With the Emotional and Practical Aspects of Caring for Someone by High Marriott, published by Piatkus

Central Library

Email: Central.library@coventry.gov.uk

Tel: 024 7683 2314

Fax: 024 7622 0465

Central Library
Smithford Way
Coventry
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