Reading for Wellbeing

Did you know that reading can cut stress levels by 68%?*

At Leeds Reads we’re celebrating Leeds City Council’s Wellbeing Week by relaxing with a good book, so why not join us? We’ve chosen The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters.

Nominated for the Man Booker prize in 2009, it is essentially a ghost story, set in 1940s England. Its main focus is the relationship between a country doctor and a family who live in the faded grandeur of an estate that they are no longer able to maintain. The book examines the social upheaval in post-war Britain, and its impact on the lives of those affected.

Visit our online catalogue to reserve a copy, and collect from your local library.

If you’d like to share your thoughts as you read, we’ve set up an online book group at

You’ll need to sign up to Good Reads, then search for the group ‘Leeds Reads for Wellbeing’. You’ll find a discussion thread already running, or you can start your own.

*University of Sussex, 2009