A new service from The School of Life tailors book recommendations to your particular hardship.

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Responding to a letter from a painter struggling with inspiration, bibliotherapist Ella Berthoud writes:

Dear Unoriginal,

Ralph Waldo Emerson said,  “All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.” Your search for uniqueness is both impossible and undesirable. Let’s look at a few books that have inspired imitators, and compare the original to the spin-off.

In a mix of great literature meets self-help, author Alain de Botton and London’s The School of Life have partnered to offer personalized Bibliotherapy sessions. A well-read team that includes an artist, a novelist and an independent book store owner will meet with you (via phone, Skype or in-person) to determine  which works you most need to read at this moment.

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