Just William, the Hitch hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Alice in Wonderland have been revealed as some of the top mood-busting books.
Brighton and Hove City Council public health officials believe settling down with a good book can
help boost a person’s mood and banish the negative feelings.
The council has now compiled a list of 21 “mood-busting” books following a poll of library users in January.
The Happy Book scheme asked people to tell them about their favourite feel-good novel or poetry
through email, Facebook and Twitter.
People were also invited to fill out postcards available in libraries and Mind charity shops across the city.
Mind in Brighton and Hove and the national Reading Well campaign teamed up with the council
to back the scheme.
The joint first winners were Terry Pratchett books and Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons.
The Pratchett titles were Witches Abroad, Raising Steam, Wyrd Sisters and Fifth Elephant.
Brighton and Hove director of public health, Tom Scanlon, said: “We’ve had a brilliant response
from residents to this scheme and it is clear that there are a lot of uplifting books out there.
“Picking up a good book when you are feeling low could mean not having to pick up a prescription.
“So I would encourage people to get to their local libraries and bookshops and to share their choices with their friends.
“Sharing views on enjoyable books is also an excellent way for people to connect with one another.”
The Argus last month revealed how a growing number of people across Sussex who are worried
about money and their jobs are being admitted to hospital with stress and anxiety.
Cases of depression and low moods tend to be more common during the winter months, with bad weather and shorter days having a negative impact on people’s wellbeing.
Around one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point during their lifetime.