Book Review of Little Book of Hope by Louise Hall

Peach Publishing £4.99

Louise Hall, author of the acclaimed novel Pilgrim and other non-fiction works, has produced this little volume in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the distress it has produced across the planet, quite apart from the growing death toll. For those who remember Paul Wilson’s bestselling Little Book of Calm published some years back, this book is in a similar vein and it’s also pocket-sized, making it easy to keep on your person, should you need some quick inspiration.

It’s dedicated “to all those around the world who have lost hard but loved much – that you may rediscover Hope and welcome the beautiful pleasure of joy back into your lives”.

Everyone has taken a battering one way or another this year and this book is the perfect antidote to the constant media feed, hungry for every hysterical angle, seemingly intent on ramping our collective anxiety up to eleven. Worry is, someone said, “a waste of imagination” and hope is our only defense. Louise Hall beckons us in this modest little book to take some time out and reflect on the things that matter; family, friends, rest, time out, patience.  Little Book of Hope is perfectly timed and perfectly pitched.

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