Sometimes we all need permission to retreat to a safe place – in our daily lives as well as in our imaginations. Here’s a selection of books which should ensure you are shielded from the more shocking or disturbing story lines so popular and prevalent across the book world. Self-preservation is okay – and there is plenty here to engage your interest and take you, unmolested, on a new reading journey. Safe doesn’t mean boring or bland. Safe can make you laugh – and cry. It can tuck you in with that warm fuzzy feeling of comfort and security. It can put your imagination to flight – while maintaining a reassuring presence that you won’t slip into dangerous waters. And if things do get a bit angsty – you can be sure that good will triumph over evil – or even the not very nice. So note the upbeat covers be assured - you will be in safe hands.