A recent piece in the NY Times reports that people who read books live longer, even when other factors are taken into account. Reading just a half an hour a day has real longevity benefits, according to the study. Well, you're exercising your brain, I suppose. And some books are as heavy to lift as dumbbells. Unfortunately the study doesn't identify which authors are the healthiest to read. If I had to guess, I would predict literary geniuses Jane Austen and Hilary Mantel are at the top of the shelf.
Terrific post by the Society of Authors. As I post this, it has 203 views. Are you kidding me? Two brilliant writers with great insight.