We remember it from childhood. The unique comfort of being read to – at bedtime, when we were ill, as a salve for the bumps and bruises of life. D. H. Lawrence recognised that “One sheds one’s sicknesses in books.”
Lawrence knew it, we knew it, we felt it. And now, science is showing it to be true. Research is uncovering an intimate connection between reading and well-being. Blake Morrison, in his forward, writes “What moves us in literature isn’t just the words, on the page, but hearing them resonate, in the air.” Being read to makes us healthier and happier; it stimulates thought and memory and encourages the sharing of ideas and feelings, hopes and fears.
. . . yes, in spite of all,
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits
From Endymion, Keats
Listed as one of Waterstones Top 100 books of 2011 and a Guardian bestseller, A Little, Aloud offers a selection of prose and poetry particularly suitable for reading aloud- to your husband or wife, a sick parent or child, an elderly relative. With short introductions and discussion topics for each piece there’s something here to enrich the lives and minds of everyone.