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Shelf Healing



Dr Samantha Rayner

By Rebecca Markwick, on 23 February 2021

Dr Samantha Rayner

This week I chat historical fiction with Sam and how she goes for different books for different wellbeing needs. We also take a quick tour of Sam’s favourite mediaeval texts.
Heyer and Dunnett take front seat in Sam’s love of historical romance fiction, it’s no suprise then that she’s edited a new book all about Heyer!

The show notes are full of lovely recommendations and there’s a link to Sam’s Heyer book too.

Show Notes
This week I chat with Dr Samantha Rayner, Vice Dean of Wellbeing and Director of Publishing at UCL. We talk about how books affect our wellbeing and how we reach for different books for different reasons. We dive through historical fiction and make a quick stop in the world of mediaeval literature.

Sam has edited a new book on Georgette Heyer which you can find here

Authors and works mentioned in the episode:
Georgette Heyer
Robin Hobb
J.R.R. Tolkien
Dorothy Dunnett
Margaret Campbell Barnes
Anya Seaton

Wilding by Isabella Tree
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Selected Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins
Katherine by Anya Seton
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Abelard and Heloise by  Peter Waddell
Love Without End: A Story of Heloise and Abelard by Melvyn Bragg
La Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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