Mental Health & Wellbeing Matters: books, books, books

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Just a few book recommendations this week, in our bit on the site where we stop and chat about mental health and looking after ourselves.

Hello, and a warm welcome to Mental Health & Wellbeing Matters, our little bit of the Film Stories site where we chat about things that may be affecting you, or people around you. It’s something we’ve been doing for a few years, and over that time, we’ve built up over 100 articles. Hopefully something in there will be of some use to you.

This week, we’re practicing a little what we preach, and starting to give ourselves a little downtime. One of the ways I personally love to switch off is with a good book. It’s good for my head (depending on what I’m reading!) and tends to demand my concentration. That’s not a bad thing either.

As such, I thought it might be good to hand this post over to you, once I’ve done my bit on it. I thought I’d recommend some good books that I’ve read over the past few months. Here’s what I’ve been reading…

Alan Rickman: Madly, Deeply – The Alan Rickman Diaries

Michael Schulman: Oscar Wars

James B Stewart & Rachel Abrams: Unscripted

Sebastian Payne: The Fall Of Boris Johnson

Richard Herring: Can I Have My Ball Back?

Sam Mcalister: Scoops

Lenny Henry: Rising To The Surface

Elliot Page: Pageboy

Rory Carroll: Killing Thatcher

Richard Molesworth: The John Nathan-Turner Production Diary

Kevin Pollak: How I Slept My Way To The Middle

Andrew Kirtzman: Giuliani

A bit of a mix, right? I’ve got something out of pretty much all of those books, and if I had to pick one of those as the best of the lot it’s probably Rory Carroll’s astonishing researched book. He’s charted the attempt by the IRA to assassinate Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, and it sounds like a dark and miserable book. It is to a degree, but it’s written as a thriller really, and, well, wow.

Over to you, then. Pop some recommendations here. Who knows? A Film Stories book club may be the ultimate end result!

Take care, all. This column will take a little breather next week, and return the week after.

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