The Reading Cure

Laura’s first book The Reading Cure: How Books Restored My Appetite (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. The Reading Cure was a TimesDaily Telegraph and Spectator ‘Book of the Year’ 2018.


‘A miraculous memoir… The Reading Cure is a book for the bookish, for those hungry for self-knowledge, or for those who are just hungry’ – Daniel Johnson, Standpoint

‘In its subtle, undogmatic way, The Reading Cure is a tale of joy winning against piety, and the triumph of life over death… both a stimulating argument for the power of fiction as a force for personal change and a wise memoir of anorexia. Moreover, it is never pat, always intelligent, full of enthusiasm, and almost entirely free of self-pity’ –  Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

‘Gentle in its tone and astute in its insights, the book is a treat’ – Ada Coghen, Literary Review

‘A beautifully written hybrid of memoir and literary criticism… This book is about the anguish of anorexia, written by a bookworm unfurling her wings as a writer of considerable power’ – Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Times

‘The most moving, most evocative book’ – Sophia Money-Coutts, The Sunday Telegraph

The Reading Cure is not a self-help manual; it won’t make you well, or tell you how to heal your sick child. But it will give you hope. Rupert Brooke once asked Woolf: ‘Virginia, what is the brightest thing you can think of?’ ‘A leaf with the light on it,’ she answered. Freeman’s joyful book reminded me of this’ – Ruth Scurr, The Spectator

‘This book seems to have had the most unanimously glowing reviews of 2018 so far. Quite rightly: Freeman’s wonderfully uplifting book is all about how she rediscovered the joy of food, and overcame her anorexia, by escaping into the fictional worlds of Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf’ – Sunday Times Style

‘Freeman’s writing – clear-eyed, ambrosial, impassioned, bountiful – elevates this from bring a simple reference book…The Reading Cure is the work of a true-blue bibliophile, and it’s impossible not to be seduced by Freeman’s love of prose. It’s essential reading not just for those who love food, but words. Come dine with her’ – Tanya Sweeney, Irish Independent

‘Do read this book, whether or not you’ve been afflicted or affected by mental illness. Read it as a book-lover; read it to read with fresh eyes – or sharpened tastebuds; read it for fellow-feeling and hard-won wisdom, and for the sheer joy of taking pleasure in good things’ – Cornflower Books 

Laura’s agent is Will Francis at Janklow & Nesbit.

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