Long Term Conditions

Reading has a positive impact on health and wellbeing. We have a small selection of books endorsed by health professionals which can help you understand and manage a number of common long term health conditions. These books are in no way a replacement for speaking to a health professional so if you are worried or need help please do seek medical assistance.

Allergies and Intolerances

Factual Self Help Books

Irritable bowel syndrome: Navigating your way to recovery by Megan Arroll

Eczema by Sharon Dempsey

Experience/Fiction

Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle

Diabetes

Factual Self Help Books

How to live well with diabetes: a comprehensive guide to taking control of your life with diabetes

Understanding Type 2 diabetes: fewer highs, fewer lows, better health

Heart Conditions/Stroke

Factual Self Help Books

The stroke survival guide by Mark Greener

Rebuilding life after stroke by Reg Morris et al

Caring

Factual Self Help Books

The selfish pig's guide to caring: how to cope with the emotional and practical aspects of caring for someone by Hugh Marriott

Dementia

Factual Self Help Books

First steps to living with dementia by Simon Atkins

Experience/Fiction

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Where memories go: why dementia changes everything by Sally Magnusson

Cancer

Factual Self Help Books

The cancer survivor's companion: practical ways to cope with your feelings after cancer by Frances Goodhart

Experience/Fiction

Talk to the headscarf by Emma Hannigan

There's something I've been dying to tell you by Lynda Bellingham

Disability

Factual Self Help Books

Arthritis: The essential guide by Gill Carrick

Sight loss: the essential guide by Antonia Chitty

Experience/Fiction

Sound: stories of hearing lost and found by Bella Bathurst

The diving-bell and the butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Insomnia/Sleep Problems

Factual Self Help Books

Learn to sleep well: get to sleep and stay asleep, overcome sleep problems, revitalize body and mind by Christopher Idzikowski