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Resolution Reading

Happy New Year, folks! To celebrate the start of 2022, we have Assistant Publisher Kay Farrell here to recommend a few Sandstone books to help you ring in the new year with your best foot forward.

New Year is often a time for reflection and self-improvement. With so much tension in the world, taking care of yourself has never been more important. Here are a few suggestions from our authors:

1.Get your rest. Sleep is vital to a healthy lifestyle. Anders Bortne, insomniac for 16 years, knows that all too well. In Sleepless he talks about all the remedies he tried and the solution he finally found.


2. Take care of your mental wellbeing. Linda Gask is an award-winning Professor of Psychiatry who writes with startling honesty about her struggles with depression and anxiety, and how she found healing in a special place.


3. Make a furry friend. Petting your cat or dog can reduce stress and lower your blood pressure. In Moire O’Sullivan’s case, saving a street dog in Vietnam was the glue that brought her family together.


4. Get more exercise. A staple of self-improvement, exercise can seem daunting to those living a sedentary lifestyle – as so many of us are, still working desk jobs from home. Mark Atkinson’s Run Like Duck is a frank and funny guide on how to get started, and his follow-up Ducking Long Way demystifies long-distance running and includes tips for lone runs during lockdown.


5. Love who you are. Sometimes we all struggle with aspects of our identity. Take a leaf out of ‘Queer, Muslim, proudly Fat,’ Randa Jarrar’s book, by embracing who you are. This memoir is a boon for anyone who has felt ‘lonely or horny or angry or magnificent’ according to Carmen Maria Machado.


6. Try something daring. Ever dreamed about breathing fire or throwing knives? Tessa Fontaine did – and made her dreams reality by joining America’s last travelling freak show. Read her memoir and get inspired to try that one thing you’ve always wanted to but thought was just too out there!

Linda Gask

Linda Gask

Randa Jarrar

Randa Jarrar

Anders Bortne

Anders Bortne

Mark Atkinson

Mark Atkinson

Tessa Fontaine

Tessa Fontaine

Moire O'Sullivan

Moire O'Sullivan