When life gets challenging, diving into the pages of a good book is a way for us to take our minds elsewhere. Whether it’s across the world to another country or taking a journey into the lives of other people, our selection of uplifting reads will give you the opportunity to do these things and more.

Many of the titles are in our eBook collection or you can reserve them from our catalogue.

Feelgood fiction titles

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency* by Douglas Adams
Pride and prejudice* by Jane Austen
Things you save in a fire* by Katherine Center
The Afternoon Tea Club* by Jane Gilley
Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine* by Gail Honeyman
The one-hundred-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared* by Jonas Jonasson 
The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry* by Rachel Joyce
My Italian bulldozer* by Alexander McCall Smith
The Dalai Lama’s cat by David Michie 
Saving Missy* by Beth Morrey
The giver of stars* by Jojo Moyes
The switch* by Beth O’Leary
Dear Mrs Bird by A J Pearce
The one-way bridge by Cathie Pelletier
The authenticity project* by Clare Pooley
Away with the penguinsby Hazel Prior
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society* by Mary Ann Shaffer
The Lido by Libby Page
The art of racing in the rain* by Garth Stein
Carry on, Jeeves* by P G Wodehouse

Feelgood non-fiction titles

Able* by Dylan Alcott with Grantlee Kieza
Phosphorescence: on awe, wonder and things that sustain you when the world goes dark* by Julia Baird
Kitchen confidential: adventures in the culinary underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
Humankind: a hopeful history* by Rutger Bregman
Braving the wilderness: the quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone* by Brené Brown
A walk in the woods: the world’s funniest travel writer takes a hike by Bill Bryson
My life in France by Julia Child
Kitty Flanagan’s 488 Rules for life: the thankless art of being correctby Kitty Flanagan
Unbroken: an extraordinary true story of courage and survival* by Laura Hillenbrand 
Furiously funny: a funny book about horrible things by Jenny Lawson
H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
How to be a woman by Caitlin Moran
Becoming* by Michelle Obama
The Happiness Project: or why I spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun* by Gretchen Rubin
Me talk pretty one day by David Sedaris
Just kids* by Patti Smith
Wild* by Cheryl Strayed
The Resilience Project: finding happiness through gratitude, empathy and mindfulness* by Hugh van Cuylenburg
The prison book club* by Ann Walmsley
I am Malala* by Malala Yousafzai

How to read these titles

To reserve a book, click the title and use your membership number and PIN to place a reservation. Titles with an asterisk (*) are also available from our eBook collection.

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