As most of you know, my dad is not at all well. Because of the cancer he is understandably very anxious and gets very depressed. I was chatting to him yesterday and suggested that he should read fiction as an escape to take his mind off things - at the moment he only really reads the paper.
When I had depression and anxiety, I could only cope with historical fiction for some reason - Jane Austen literally saved my life. He said he was interested in the Tudor period, particularly, so I wondered if anyone had any recommendations?
I thought of Wolf Hall, but I've heard Hilary Mantel's writing style can be a bit odd and I don't want to put him off (though I might give it a go myself and see). Any other suggestions?
Popular novels are often the best thing if you need an escape, and Philippa Gregory is one of the most popular - at least judging by what I see people reading and what's on sale - I don't go much for historical fiction myself.
Has he always just read newspapers? Or are there things he used to enjoy? My dad is quite keen on Dick Francis - and even more so than Philippa Gregory, he's written so many that if you find you like it, you've got entertainment lined up for years. My dad also reads nordic noir stuff like Jo Nesbo and Stieg Larsson (the girl with the dragon tattoo series). But that might not be for everyone.
Game of Thrones involves various Tudor themes! But I don't think that's necessarily a good suggestion
I'm sorry your dad is depressed. I didn't know he had cancer, I'm not sure how I missed that, sorry. Whatever takes his mind of it is good but support from his family is probably the most valuable. Does he live in Northampton?