Take me away from all this: how books save our souls during difficult times

What reading would a bibliotherapist prescribe for a global pandemic? Depends if you need escape, comfort, joy or recognition of all the despair

Rachel Krasky has read 95 books this year. That’s about 2.5 a week. The 30-year-old communications manager has always been a voracious reader, but Melbourne’s coronavirus lockdown has given her more time for bingeing on books.

She’s one of many who have turned to reading since Covid struck, seeking to satisfy a need for escape, understanding, hope and communion.

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