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February 9, 2013

The medicinal power of literature: Books on prescription to be introduced

v2-medicinal-literature1‘Mood boosting’ poetry and novels to be recommended by GPs

By Nick Clark

People consulting their local GP over mental health issues may find they are written a surprising prescription, one redeemed at the local library rather than a pharmacy.

The “big guns” of the library and medical worlds have joined for an initiative to help treat those with mild to moderate mental health problems.

Patients could be recommended anything from one of 30 medical volumes dealing with specific conditions to “mood boosting books” – novels and poetry – from writers including Jo Brand, Bill Bryson and Terry Jones.

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September 13, 2011

Monty Python star – and furry friends – up for the Roald Dahl funny prize

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Terry Jones, of Monty Python fame, is joined by animal capers galore in the Roald Dahl funny prize shortlists

By Michelle Pauli

Cats, cows, chickens and peacocks are all chortleworthy this year, according to the judges of the Roald Dahl funny prize. In an animal-heavy shortlist there are not only picture books featuring creatures getting up to all kinds of capers, but also an entire book of Animal Tales, written by Monty Python star Terry Jones, in the older age group category.

The book, illustrated by Michael Foreman, includes whimsical tales of a dog who cannot understand why he is not allowed to practice medicine, a fox who runs a circus of trained chickens, a flea who thinks he is the manager of a chain of mega-stores and a skunk who falls madly in love with a bear.

It is in the running in the Funniest book for children aged seven to fourteen category and is pitted against debut author Steven Butler’s disgustingly yucky tale of a boy who is whooshed down the toilet to the land of Under and a world of trolls. They are joined by a couple of school-based romps, Letters from an Alien Schoolboy by Ros Asquith and the journal-based story The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon; the antics of a disaster-prone eight-year-old girl, Penny Dreadful Is a Magnet for Disaster; and Rose Impey’s tale of three wackily entrepreneurial friends and their gerbil factory, Get Rich Quick Club.
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July 19, 2011

Terry Jones first Unbound author

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19.07.11 | Graeme Neill

Terry Jones

Former Monty Python star Terry Jones will become the first author to have his project published by the Unbound crowdfunded publishing project.

His book, Evil Machines, comprises 13 tales parodying man’s relationship with technology. It received the minimum number of pledges required through the Unbound website. First editions of the book will be available from the Unbound site and any trade editions will be published by Faber.

Unbound was created by “QI” writers John Mitchinson and Dan Kieran and Crap Towns author Justin Pollard and launched at the Hay Festival. Writers pitch their project directly to the public, who can then donate between £10 and £250 to fund the project in return for special rewards.

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