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.
It's good to meet you! I started Tolstoy Therapy back in 2012 to share my healing journey through anxiety and PTSD with books. I also climb mountains, go on solo adventures, and write over at livewildly.co.

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