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.

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Philosophy Made Simple

Robert Hellenga

Four Fathers

Tom Palmer (ed)


K Parker

Beware of God

Shalom Auslander

The Buffalo Thief

Yojana Sharma

Companions of Paradise

Thalassa Ali

The Alphonse Courrier Affair

Marta Morazzoni


Chris Keil


Chingiz Aitmatov

Paradise Jazz

Kat Pomfret

Something Rotten

Jasper Fforde

The Uncommon Reader

Alan Bennett

The Dante Trap

Arnaud Delalande

Many and Many a Year Ago

Selcuk Altun

Dona Nicanora's Hat Shop

Kirstan Hawkins

Selfish and Perverse

Bob Smith

The Stars in the Bright Sky

Alan Warner


Paul Harding

Ugly Duckling

Amita Mukerjee

The Opposite of Falling

Jennie Rooney

Apocalypse for Beginners

Nicholas Dickner

Various Pets Alive and Dead

Marina Lewycka

Ada's Rules

Alice Randall

Fish Change Direction in Cold Weather

Pierre Szalowski

A Working Theory of Love

Scott Hutchins

Double Negative

Ivan Vladislavic

Clueless Dogs

Rhian Edwards

The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles

Katherine Pancol

Tomorrow I'll Be Twenty

Alain Mabanckou

A Book of Death and Fish

Ian Stephen

Dear Committee Members

Julie Schumacher

Conrad & Eleanor

Jane Rogers

Blue Self-Portrait

Noémi Lefebvre

The Valley at the Centre of the World

Malachy Tallack

Portrait of a Family With a Fat Daughter

Margherita Giacobino


Andrew Sean Greer

The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky

Jana Casale

The Calculating Stars

Mary Robinette Kowal

The Offing

Benjamin Myers


Brenda Lozano

Alison Wonderland

Helen Smith

Infidelity for First-time Fathers

Mark Barrowcliffe

Winona's Web

Priscilla Cogan

Pages for You

Sylvia Brownrigg

Dead Cat Bounces

Damien Owens

Let's Twist Again

Leo Cullen

Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes

Billy Collins

Fair Game

Elizabeth Young

Ghost MacIndoe

Jonathan Buckley

Paddy Indian

Cauvery Madhavan