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Bibliotherapy in the Bookshop

April 2, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Book Doctor will see you now!

The Golden Hare presents a one-to-one bibliotherapy service with budding bibliotherapist Claire Daly.

Bibliotherapy: The prescribing of fiction for life’s ailments
(Berthoud and Elderkin, 2013)

For centuries people have turned to literature as a salve. Fiction has the transformative power to help us break free from our everyday problems or see difficult situations from a new perspective. Whether you are having trouble finding your Mr Darcy, or you have empty-nest syndrome, bibliotherapy can help you disconnect from your current woes.

Using the curative power of novels to treat your troubles, Claire (aka the Book Doctor) will offer you personalised literary remedies, help you reinvigorate your reading list, and assist you with spring-cleaning your old bookshelves. Laden with an armful of books tailored specifically for your life situation, we hope you will depart the Golden Hare happier, healthier and wiser.

NB: Please note your bibliotherapist does not offer counselling and is not a trained therapist. This is a purely literary service.

What to expect

Please think carefully before booking your ticket time slot, as tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable! After booking your slot online or in-store (first-come-first-served), you will be sent a questionnaire via email which you will send back ahead of your appointment, giving Claire a good overview of what you might be looking for during your session.

During the half-hour appointment in the bookshop, you’ll have a one-on-one chat with Claire and enjoy 10% off everything in Golden Hare Books that day, as well as receiving a complimentary goodie bag! Then, working closely with our booksellers, Claire will also send you an in-depth reading prescription no more than a few days after your session.


The Book Doctor / Your Bibliotherapist

Claire Daly was once an award-winning journalist who turned her hand to literary events programming. She coordinated the first ever Soho Literary Festival and was the founding Manager of the Bloomsbury Institute at Bloomsbury Publishing, where she worked for five years, along the way introducing two of her all time favourite authors, Margaret Atwood and William Boyd.

She shadowed a bibliotherapist at Chelsea Library and decided to combine her passions for literature and helping people. Having returned to Scotland, she now works for the NHS though not in a medical capacity. In her spare time she reads as much as possible in between looking after an 18-month-old little monkey.


April 2, 2017
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH3 5AQ United Kingdom
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