When times are tough – whether because of illness, bereavement or receiving bad news – it can be hard to find the right words. Help comes in the form of this beautifully packaged gift book, comprising 100 life-affirming poems handpicked by an expert on poetry. Grouping the poems by theme – from ‘Hearing Bad News’ to ‘How To Carry On’ – this gem of a book features contributions from classical poets such as John Keats, Emily Brontë, W.H. Auden and Christina Rossetti alongside lines from more contemporary poets such as Philip Larkin, Elizabeth Jennings, Raymond Carver, Carol Ann Duffy and Wendy Cope. It adds up to a wonderful pick-me-up – a self-administered drug guaranteed to make a dark day brighter and act as a great lyrical crutch.