Mental Health

Great Book Alert on World Book Day

Sometimes we find great things that we just want to share. We have no skin in the game, just the pleasure of making sure that more people experience something good that we love. Nancy Caroll’s book ‘Daisy Fitzpatrick and her Worries’ is one of those things.


Nancy is an Olivier Award winning actress who has written a beautiful book for kids which elegantly frames a conversation about anxiety. The last three years haven’t done a lot for anyone’s mental health but in a child’s short life the pandemic has created an indelible mark and a lot of kids we know are still struggling with questions and finding it difficult just being a kid again.


Nancy’s book isn’t about the dreaded C word. It’s accessible and light whilst dealing with things we have all worried about. In lovely, flowing verse, with Nancy’s own illustrations, it deals with the everyday anxieties, big and small. It’s a valuable jumping off place to talk to kids about what’s going on in their heads and helping them to verbalise what worries them.


Don’t take our word for it; Helena Bonham Carter’s read it and says ‘A verbal Elastoplast for little and big humans. I wish I could shrink my daughter to an age when she could be read aloud to again’. We already have some great little people feedback from Stef’s kids, who’ve really enjoyed it this week.  We also love the recipes at the back of the book to keep the conversation going in the kitchen.


To celebrate the launch of the book, Wantfeed are giving away 10 copies of ‘Daisy Fitzpatrick and her Worries’ plus ten theatre tokens worth £10 each which can be used in any of 280 theatres, including the best regional theatres and all of London’s famous West End stages. Simply head over to our Instagram channel @wantfeed  – you’re obviously already following us - and tag yourself in the comments on our competition post to be in for one of our prizes. Good luck.


Nancy’s book is available for purchase at Waterstones now.


One more thing, Nancy also hosts a great Podcast that we’re big fans of. Talking all things theatre from both sides of the curtain, As the Actress Said to the Critic, is a great listen and available from Acast and wherever you get your podcasts from.