My Photo













Cornflower book group

« Looking forward to reading ... | Main | Apple trees and doggy devotion »


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.


Via Twitter, The Velvet Nap ( ) asked about Wuthering Heights.
It's listed in three places: under 'adoption', 'vengeance, seeking', and as one of the ten best novels for seeming well-read.

B R Wombat

How about I Capture the Castle?


Yes, it's in twice! It's one of the ten best novels to cheer you up, and it's prescribed for writer's block.


I'd be interested to know what they pair up with Madame Bovary.


Needless to say, Madame B. comes under 'A' for adultery (she's alongside Anna Karenina, John Coates' Patience - - and The Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt, books to be read whether one is contemplating or involved in an affair, or is the party wounded by an unfaithful partner).

Dark Puss

Ok, what does she say about Colette (Ripening Seed if you want a single book) and Murakami (Kafka on the Shore if she is specific). Many thanks for the time it takes you to answer my silly questions! P x


I think they were on Woman's Hour this week recommending a novel to cure constipation. I couldn't help thinking that eating more fruit would be a useful recommendation.

What do they say about Mrs Miniver by Jan Struther?


Colette isn't in the book, but perhaps you could suggest what she might be prescribed for, DP, if you were offering such reading suggestions.
Murakami is there and comes under 'F' for 'falling out of love with love' - that's IQ84, and 'U' for 'unemployment', in relation to The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. Re. the latter, the authors say their cure will divide readers into two camps, those who identify with the character Toru, and those who can't take his "unquestioning passivity".


I agree about the fruit, Sue!
Sadly, Mrs. Miniver doesn't figure, which is a shame as it's such a delightful book.


I was going to ask about Mrs Miniver too. I can't think of a better book for cheering-up and reminding me to notice the joy in everyday moments. Another wonderful tonic is to listen to Penelope Wilton reading it!


Oh, I'd love to have heard Penelope Wilton reading it - she would be excellent!
You're so right about the joy in everyday moments, Sylvia.

Dark Puss

I'd prescribe Colette to anyone who has lost their appreciation of the sensuous or who is suffering from an overly sentimental view of animals.


Thank you Cornflower. I note my comment on Patience says it's sitting on the shelf un-read and still is! Have mentally moved it up the tbr. Enjoying Crusoe's Daughter very much by the way.


Glad to hear you're enjoying Crusoe's Daughter, Claire. I finished it yesterday and I loved it.


Interesting! Many thanks, DP.


Sylvia I would love to listen to Penelope Wilton read Mrs Miniver but I can't locate it on Audible or Amazon. Any ideas?


Just offering this in case Sylvia doesn't see your question, Sue - apparently PW read the stories on the radio a while ago ( ), but they are not currently available in iPlayer, which is a pity.

B R Wombat

Great! It's my favourite book of all time and is certainly cheering. But it might encourage writer's block as one might be put off by how excellent it is.


I'm so excited to read this! Thanks for another great post.


You're welcome, Caroline, and the book is fun!


I just got this book from the library and I was surprised to see how much I disliked the authors' point of view. On Losing a Limb, they suggest one read Peter Pan and pretend to be Captain Hook. They may think that's amusing, but it makes me doubt their judgement and wonder how serious they are in recommending that people read the books they mention. If you're feeling really blue, read Last Exit to Brooklyn and realize life is just difficult (or whatever their moral was)? I sampled a number of entries and found their outlook depressing. Back to the library with that one!


Many entries are written with tongue firmly in cheek!

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)


Please note

  • Sidebar book cover thumbnail pictures are affiliate links to Amazon, and the storefront links to Blackwell's and The Book Depository are also affiliated; should you purchase a book directly through those links, I will receive a small commission. Older posts may also contain affiliate links to one of those bookshops. I am not paid to produce content and all opinions are my own.

A request

  • If you wish to use any original images or content from this site, please contact me.

The Book Depository

  • Free Delivery on all Books at the Book Depository

Cornflower Book Group: read



Statcounter 2

  • Statcounter 2