Uplifting books for the NHS

 Health Education England and the Reading Agency have crowdsourced a collection of books and other resources, recommended by NHS staff for NHS staff.


Recommended Reads by NHS Staff

Health Education England and the Reading Agency have crowdsourced a collection of books and other resources, recommended by NHS staff for NHS staff.

The titles have been recommended as being uplifting and life-affirming.

Many of the titles are available through our libraries in print and audio with a few available as eBook or eAudio on Borrowbox too.  If an item isn’t available at your local library you can request it via the links below and collect from your library for a small charge.

The Lido

The Lido by Libby Page

Rosemary (86) and Kate (26) are both keen users of their local lido.  When the pool is under threat of closure they come together to fight for the hub of their community. A novel about different generations discovering they have plenty in common.


Calypso by David Sedaris

A collection of 21 semi autobiographical essays with a wry look at life.

The salt path

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

The true story of a couple facing terminal illness and homelessness who set out to walk the 630 miles of the South West Coast Path.

Love in colour

Love In Colour by Bolu Babalola

A collection of love stories told through reimagined folktales and myths from civilisations around the world.

Where the crawdads sing

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

A coming of age story set in 60s North Carolina – who is the ‘Marsh Girl’ and is she linked to an unexpected death?

Three things about Elsie

Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon

Florence has had a fall in her retirement flat, and while she waits to be rescued, memories of the past surface.

Before the coffee gets cold copy

Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Four stories of people travelling back in time to poignant moments thanks to a café in Tokyo with a difference.

The lost spells

The Lost Spells by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

A collection of poems about nature, brought to life with vivid artwork. Sequel to The Lost Words.

The boy the mole the fox and the horse

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

Life lessons and encouraging thoughts from the titular characters accompanied by Charlie Mackesy’s iconic artwork.

Even More Resources!

There is also a collection of digital resources such as podcasts, apps and websites to accompany the booklist. If you work at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust you can also access this collection via the NUH Library, and staff at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust can find the collection in the library at Duncan Macmillan House.

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