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08
May
2015
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12:19
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Mood boosting books for cancer sufferers available in Oxfordshire libraries

A list of uplifting titles was drawn up nationally in 2013 and the Reading Agency and Macmillan Cancer Support have since added to that list by asking cancer patients which books they have found a joy to read while undergoing or recovering from their treatment.
 
Oxfordshire County Council's library service now has all of the 20 books in stock - including one called "Ode to Didcot Power Station" by Kit Wright.
 
Other books on the list are:
 
The Stories by Jane Gardam
Paris for One by Jojo Moyes
A man called Ove by Fredrick Backman
The Humans by Matt Haig
The Green Road in to the Trees: A Walk through England by Hugh Thomson
You Made Me Late Again! by Pam Ayres
US by David Nicholls
A slice of Britain: Around the Country by Cake by Caroline Taggart
The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
The other side of the Dale by Gervaise Phinn
Oh Love and Barley - Haiku of Basho by Matsuo Basho
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett
The Island by Victoria Hislop
The Hundred-Year-old Man who climbed out of a window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
A Cat Called Norton by Peter Gethers

Carefully selected books
 
Cllr Lorraine Lindsay Gale, Oxfordshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Cultural Services, said: "Being treated for cancer is clearly a very difficult position to be in. It affects many people as well as their friends and relatives.
 
"This list of books has been carefully selected as having mood boosting qualities for people who find themselves in such circumstances.
 
"I'm glad that Oxfordshire's libraries now has all of these books in stock. Some of them are well known and recognisable, such as "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe". Others are less well known but well worth exploring.
 
"Hopefully the presence of these books in our libraries will bring joy to the lives of people going through a difficult time."
 
Copies of the books can be found at www.libcat.oxfordshire.gov.uk.

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