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Nina Stibbe picks 5 books to cheer us up


'All sorts of different books can cheer us up, not just funny ones.' As we enter a New Year once again, those familiar January blues can start to creep in sooner than we might like! But Nina Stibbe, author of Reasons to be Cheerful, has the perfect antidote as she recommends five books to lift spirits and bring cheer on bad days, from guidebooks to cookery.

Nina Stibbe
Nina Stibbe

5. Calypso

David Sedaris

All David Sedaris’s books are perfect for dipping into - short essays and stories and the first volume of his Theft by Finding: Diaries. I wouldn’t call Sedaris’s world escapism exactly, but his funny sideways, warts and all take on life will leave you gasping, nodding, and laughing out loud. His latest collection, Calypso, is, like his others, a joy and I think listening to the author reading his work is the most cheering thing a person can do.



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