My favourite book: Ella Berthoud on Peirene Press

Ella Berthoud
Ella Berthoud is the Bibliotherapist

When I asked Ella what her favourite book was I could almost hear the whirring of her mind. As a bibliotherapist, she must have a lot of “favourites” for different reasons, and situations.

So instead of forcing one single title out of her, we settled on a name of a publishing house: Peirene Press.

Why? Because, Ella explains, they produce books that can be read in one sitting. Hanne Orstavik’s The Blue Room was the first title that turned her on to the Peirene Press. Fast, pacey fiction that can be devoured in an evening.

Words and picture by Sarah Purnell

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