Safe books to keep you warm

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.

Search for books by Mood & Emotion


Chingiz Aitmatov

The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles

Katherine Pancol

Beware of God

Shalom Auslander

Winona's Web

Priscilla Cogan

The Opposite of Falling

Jennie Rooney

Apocalypse for Beginners

Nicholas Dickner


Andrew Sean Greer

Dear Committee Members

Julie Schumacher

Double Negative

Ivan Vladislavic

A Book of Death and Fish

Ian Stephen

Something Rotten

Jasper Fforde

The Valley at the Centre of the World

Malachy Tallack

Conrad & Eleanor

Jane Rogers

Selfish and Perverse

Bob Smith


Paul Harding

Blue Self-Portrait

Noémi Lefebvre

Portrait of a Family With a Fat Daughter

Margherita Giacobino

The Alphonse Courrier Affair

Marta Morazzoni

Ada's Rules

Alice Randall


Brenda Lozano

Fish Change Direction in Cold Weather

Pierre Szalowski

The Calculating Stars

Mary Robinette Kowal

Various Pets Alive and Dead

Marina Lewycka

Companions of Paradise

Thalassa Ali

Clueless Dogs

Rhian Edwards


K Parker

Philosophy Made Simple

Robert Hellenga

The Dante Trap

Arnaud Delalande

Tomorrow I'll Be Twenty

Alain Mabanckou

Alison Wonderland

Helen Smith

Four Fathers

Tom Palmer (ed)

Ugly Duckling

Amita Mukerjee

Pages for You

Sylvia Brownrigg

Paradise Jazz

Kat Pomfret

The Buffalo Thief

Yojana Sharma

A Working Theory of Love

Scott Hutchins

The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky

Jana Casale

Many and Many a Year Ago

Selcuk Altun

The Offing

Benjamin Myers

The Stars in the Bright Sky

Alan Warner


Chris Keil

Dona Nicanora's Hat Shop

Kirstan Hawkins

The Uncommon Reader

Alan Bennett

Infidelity for First-time Fathers

Mark Barrowcliffe

Dancing With the Two-headed Tigress

Tina Biswas


Ellen Mattson

The Secret History Of Modernism

C K Stead


Colm Toibin

The Dancers Dancing

Eilis Ni Dhuibhne


Heidi Jon Schmidt