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Shelf Healing is UCL's bibliotherapy and wellbeing podcast. Interviews with authors, editors, academics, and more discussing the therapeutic effect of books and reading as well as Work & Life discussions focusing on workplace wellbeing and wellbeing issues encountered in daily life @Shelf_Healing on twitter

Shelf Healing Rebecca Markwick

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Shelf Healing is UCL's bibliotherapy and wellbeing podcast. Interviews with authors, editors, academics, and more discussing the therapeutic effect of books and reading as well as Work & Life discussions focusing on workplace wellbeing and wellbeing issues encountered in daily life @Shelf_Healing on twitter

    Professor Martin Paul Eve Interview

    Professor Martin Paul Eve Interview

    This week I chat with Prof Martin Eve about what therapeutic reading actually means when you look hard at it and how writing can be significantly more therapeutic at times. We discuss the wellbeing benefits of Open Access publishing, the fears surrounding it, and how entwined the nature of the literary critic is for Martin when he reads.

    Works and Authors mentioned in the episode:
    War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
    Brett Easton-Ellis
    Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
    Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchen
    See Under: Love by David Grossman
    China Mieville
    The Lord of The Rings by JRR Tolkien
    Civilisation and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud
    Lesley Thompson
    Rosewater (The Wormwood Trilogy) by Tade Thompson
    The Day of the Triffids by Jeff Wyndham
    Distant Horizons by Ted Underwood
    Redlining Culture by Richard Jean So
    Toni Morrison

    • 32 min
    Philip Connor Interview

    Philip Connor Interview

    This week I chat with Philip Connor, Commissioning Editor at Penguin Random House Audio and host of the podcast What Editors Want. We chat about how Philip's reading habits have changed and moved more into non fiction as well as how he found himself searching for himself in books on grief and dying. The importance and suprising nature of finding representation in literature and how audio has lent itself to him rereading books and now commissioning works in audio.


    Joan Didion
    CS Lewis
    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
    White Noise by Don DeLillo
    Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
    The Hidden Spring  by Mark Solms
    Night's Dawn Trilogy by Peter F Hamilton
    Ubik by Philip K Dick
    Emmanuel Carrère
    Emma Southern
    Mary Beard
    The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan
    F Scott  Fitzgerald
    Virginia Woolf
    Vladimir Nabokov
    WG Sebald
    The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker
    Why I Write by George Orwell

    • 32 min
    BONUS Replenish Festival Cathy Rentzenbrink & Dr Samantha Rayner

    BONUS Replenish Festival Cathy Rentzenbrink & Dr Samantha Rayner

    Dr Samantha Rayner talks with Cathy Rentzenbrink about her book Dear Reader, and the therapeutic effects of reading on mental health and wellbeing. It's a lovely episode that travels through time with books that affect multiple generations, how books are enjoyed for what they are not who they are marketed at, and how writing can be hard but the satisfaction of finishing is worth the difficulty.

    Cathy Rentzenbrink's books
    Everyone is Still Alive debut novelThe Last Act of Love
    A Manual for Heartache
    Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books
    and her debut novel Everyone Is Still Alive is released in July 2021

    Authors and works mentioned in the episode:
    Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
    Agatha Christie
    The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
    Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan
    Georgette Heyer
    Jean Plaidy
    Harriet Evans

    Cathy's book recommendation
    Humankind by Rutger Bregman

    • 41 min
    Professor John Mullan Interview

    Professor John Mullan Interview

    eA lively and entertaining interview with Professor John Mullan about theraprutic reading and his very favourite authors Charles Dickens and Janes Austen.
    John takes us on a deep dive into what we can enjoy in literature and how he finds humour to be the very best comfort read possible. We travel through literature from Shakespeare, stopping at 18th century literature, then right though to modern day authors and thrillers.

    John's most recent books:
    The Artful Dickens
    What Matters in Jane Austen?

    Authors and works mentioned in the podcast:
    King Lear by William Shakespeare
    Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
    Charles Bukowski
    Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
    Dante's Inferno
    Jane Austen
    Charles Dickens
    Dombey and Son
    Great Expectations
    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne
    Vladimir Nabokov
    Agatha Christie
    P.D James
    Middlemarch by George Eliot
    Lie with Me by Sabine Durrant
    Emma by Jane Austen
    Moby Dick by  Herman Melville
    A la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time) by Marcel Proust
    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    The Prelude by William Wordsworth
    Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark
    Symposium by Muriel Spark 

    • 36 min
    Work & Life: Jordan Harbinger on starting over from scratch

    Work & Life: Jordan Harbinger on starting over from scratch

    I have the great honour this week of interviewing a podcasting legend, Jordan Harbinger.

    On The Jordan Harbinger Show, Jordan deconstructs the playbooks of the most successful people on earth and shares their strategies, perspectives, and practical insights with the rest of us. He has hosted a Top 50 iTunes podcast for over 14 years and receives over eleven million downloads per month, making The Jordan Harbinger Show one of the most popular podcasts in the world. 
    Huge thanks to Jen Harbinger for helping to schedule this in across very different timezones! 
    We talk about why his show has worksheets and how unexpectedly popular they are, why it's important to cover the difficult and gross topics that are happening in the world, Jordan's strong belief in exposing cults and scams and how you can support friends and family who are trapped in them. We also spend time discussing his Feedback Friday episodes and the amount of research that goes into the responses and how vital that is in order to help people with very niche problems. Lastly we talk about how hard it can be to restart in business from scratch and how looking at those around you who support you and realising what you have done so far can help you to dive back in and start again.

    The Jordan Harbinger Show

    Episodes mentioned:
    David Kilgour - The Heartless Art of Forced Organ Harvesting
    Frank Bourassa - The World's Greatest Counterfeiter Part One
    Rutger Bregman - Humankind: A Hopeful History
    Feedback Fridays
    Psychopath after your son
    Chased by a European gangster

    • 26 min
    Joanne Harris Interview

    Joanne Harris Interview

    I chat with the wonderful Joanne Harris MBE, an author across an incredible number of media. We chat about the therapeutic effects of reading and writing, how personifying illness can be beneficial and the ups and downs of translations. We have a very interting chat about reading as a bilingual, the joy of graphic novels, and sneaking those books your mother doesn't want you to read at the library.

    Works and authors mentioned:
    Lee Child
    Georgette Heyer
    Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny
    Gustave Flaubert
    Andre Gide
    Guy de Maupassant
    Alexandre Dumas
    Francoise Mauriac
    Stephen King
    George R.R. Martin
    Mervyn Peake
    Agatha Christie
    Laura Grandi Italian translator and author
    P.G. Wodehouse
    John Mortimer
    Sandman by Neil Gaiman
    Brian Vaughan
    Becoming Unbecoming by Una
    Chi's Sweet Home by Kanata Konami
    Inkblot by Emma Kubert and Rusty Glad
    Wayfareres Series by Becky Chambers

    • 37 min

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