The Literary Clinic


Are you suffering from ennui, bile, choler, melancholy, or an excess of daytime TV? 

Never fear – Dr Sandie Byrne is here to help. Tell her your ills and she will select a few leaves from her Physick Garden of Books to redress the balance of your humours.

Where possible, prescriptions will include freely available online resources: books, poems, spoken voice, plays and more.

Simply fill out the form below, describing the symptoms that need treating; then, watch for Dr Byrne's email and for the appearance of your customised recommendation on our prescriptions page.

For example: 
Steven of Epping wrote to say that he's sick and tired of books with predictable and happy endings – for which Dr Byrne prescribes the author Saki, and recommends beginning with the short story 'Sredni Vashtar'.  

Browse through all of Dr Byrne's recommendations on the adjoining prescriptions page

Dr Sandie Byrne is Associate Professor in English Literature and Creative Writing and Director of our Foundation Certificate in English Literature.