Friday, 19 July 2013

I've Written a Guest Post! - Tolstoyan Therapy for Mental Illness (on Better Living Through Beowulf)

Beowulf 1978 cover
Cover designed by David Laufer,
1978. Image from Pinterest.
Recently I was invited to write a guest post for Better Living Through Beowulf, a great blog that believes "literature is as vital to our lives as food and shelter". In this post, published yesterday, I talk about the early influence that literature had on my wellbeing, and I focus particularly on the changes that Tolstoy's War and Peace brought about on my health and happiness.

Do have a read if you're interested, or check out some of Robin's incredibly well-written posts!

In other news:

  • Thank you for your lovely feedback on my book project! I'm so grateful. I'll certainly welcome further comments if you think you have something else to share.
  • I am thoroughly enjoying A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. I'll be sure to write a post on this buddhist-inspired novel of search and discovery in the next week. 
  • I'm looking forward to reading Luke and Jon by Robert Williams (as recommended to me by Charlotte) and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami - both texts I've ordered from work this week. 
  • Nell is recovering incredibly well after her surgery and illness last week. She's still on a lot of steroids and various pills, although she seems very happy to still be with us. She's stealing my breakfast and anything left on worktops on a regular basis, which must imply she's recovering. Needless to say, we're so glad she's pulled through.


Brian Joseph said...

Good to hear that Nell is doing well!

I will head on over and read your guest post!

tolstoytherapy said...

Thanks, Brian :) We're all so glad she's on the mend.

I hope you enjoy it!

Best wishes,

Fionaing said...

That Murakami book is one of my favourites - by Murakami and book in general. Will be looking forward to reading your review.

I enjoyed your guest piece, by the way. Although, I can't say you've quite persuaded me about War and Peace... hulkin Russian classics are scary, although I do like a good brick.

tolstoytherapy said...

Thanks for the comment, Fiona! It's one of the few Murakami books I'm yet to read and I'm so excited about picking it up, especially considering it's one of your favourites.

I'm glad you liked the guest post! I certainly realise that War and Peace isn't for everyone... particularly considering its reputation and weight :) I'm planning to re-read it next month; perhaps I could consider writing a post about how to make Russian classics easier and more enjoyable to read! Perhaps I'm just strange in my fondness for Tolstoy though...

Hope you're well and not melting in this heat! It's 34 degrees in south-east England today... far too hot for me :(