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Poetry gave me a voice when depression bound my thoughts and dried up my throat’: why a good book is still the best cure for the black dog

Whether it’s the rhythm of poetry or the catharsis of a novel, research shows that medicating with books really works. Rachel Kelly makes the case for prose over pills One evening, when Ellie Bate was five, she was rushed to hospital with kidney failure. Her mother, the biographer Paula Byrne, …

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