It's always lovely to hear that books I've enthused about have been similarly enjoyed by people who have picked them up as a result of my urging, but it's particularly gratifying to learn that a book has been useful in some way, or helped at a difficult time.
We often talk about comfort reads and the good they can do, but following on from Deborah's kind message I wondered if anyone could suggest books which have been helpful on a deeper level. When we need more than just a cosy day on the couch, but rather reassurance, wisdom, the feeling of being in safe hands - true comfort at times of anxiety and stress - is there an author or book (fiction or non-fiction) you've found to provide that?
No need to give personal information when answering that question, but if you have any candidates for what we might call a bookish first aid kit or literary medicine cabinet, it would be good to hear about them.
The painting is Spring Day at Boscastle by Charles Ginner; Virago used it a few years ago for the cover of the superb One Fine Day by Mollie Panter-Downes, one of my top favourite books.