Shelf Help

logoTwelve Reasons to Feel Better

The Shelf Help list is composed of books that have the power to make life brighter because, as we all know, one of the best ways to feel better about life is through a good book.

Every month we’ll be focussing on one of the twelve books below through a mixture of events, author interviews, critical essays, reading guides and much more. To view previous monthly content, click on the books below.


Nothing to be Frightened Of

Nothing to be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes

'Both fun and funny. It is sharp too, in the sense of painful as well as witty... Barnes dissects with tremendous verve and insight this awesome inevitability of death and its impact on the human psyche. He also tears at your heart.' New Statesman

'A brilliant bible of elegant despair...that most urgent kind of self-help manual: the one you must read before you die' Vogue

'An elegant memoir and meditation. A deep seismic tremor of a book that keeps rumbling and grumbling in the mind for weeks thereafter' Garrison Keillor


Read Alex Clark's piece on Nothing to Be Frightened Of here

The Examined Life


Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?


Far From the Tree


Nature Cure


How to Live

 -- MAY

Teach Us To Sit Still

 - -JUNE

Heartbreak Hotel




Nothing to be Frightened Of




Human Traces


Hare with Amber Eyes