Reasons to Stay Alive (Paperback)
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Matt Haig’s accessible and life-affirming memoir of his struggle with depression, and how his triumph over the illness taught him to live.
From the internationally bestselling author of How To Stop Time and Notes on a Nervous Planet.
"Destined to become a modern classic." —Entertainment Weekly
Like nearly one in five people, Matt Haig suffers from depression. Reasons to Stay Alive is Matt’s inspiring account of how, minute by minute and day by day, he overcame the disease with the help of reading, writing, and the love of his parents and his girlfriend (and now-wife), Andrea. And eventually, he learned to appreciate life all the more for it.
Everyone’s lives are touched by mental illness: if we do not suffer from it ourselves, then we have a friend or loved one who does. Matt’s frankness about his experiences is both inspiring to those who feel daunted by depression and illuminating to those who are mystified by it. Above all, his humor and encouragement never let us lose sight of hope. Speaking as his present self to his former self in the depths of depression, He is adamant that the oldest cliché is the truest—there is light at the end of the tunnel. He teaches us to celebrate the small joys and moments of peace that life brings, and reminds us that there are always reasons to stay alive.
About the Author
Matt Haig is the internationally bestselling writer of six novels, including The Midnight Library (coming soon from Viking) and How To Stop Time. He has also written award-winning children’s books. His work has been translated into thirty languages. He has written two memoirs, Reasons to Stay Alive, an international bestseller, and Notes on a Nervous Planet.
Named one of Entertainment Weekly's Must-Read Books of 2016
Finalist for the Waterstone's Book of the Year
"Destined to become a modern classic." - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
"An in-depth exploration of Haig’s battle with depression, if you need a pick-me-up on a very fundamental level, you could do a lot worse than this book." - PEOPLE
"I dog-eared 45 pages in Haig's compact book where he wrote profound or poignant things. I could have easily marked more of them." - Jim Higgings, THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
"Wonderful and essential" - Christopher Weir, THE HUFFINGTON POST
"a quick, witty and at times profound take on an illness many people suffer from, but sometimes can’t bring themselves to talk about." - THE MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE
"Things just got real. His honest — and surprisingly funny — first person account is a reminder that no matter how hopeless life may seem, it really never is." - NY METRO
“A scintillating read.” - THE DAILY MAIL
"REASONS TO STAY ALIVE is essential reading for anyone who has dealt with depression and for anyone who loves someone with the disease." - BOOK REPORTER
"Fascinating and beautifully written." - IAN RANKIN
"Brings a difficult and sensitive subject out of the darkness and into the light." - MICHAEL PALIN
"Matt Haig is astounding." - STEPHEN FRY
"Maybe the most important book I've read this year" - SIMON MAYO
"A life-saving book" - AMANDA CRAIG
"Matt Haig uses words like a tin-opener. We are the tin" - JEANETTE WINTERSON
"Brings a difficult and sensitive subject out of the darkness and into the light" - MICHAEL PALIN
"Thoughtful, honest and incredibly insightful" - JENNY COLGAN
"Brilliant and salutary . . . should be on prescription" - REV. RICHARD COLES
"A vibrant, encouraging depiction of a sinister disorder." KIRKUS REVIEW
"Warm and engaging, and shot through with humour...a valuable contribution to the conversation." - THE SUNDAY TIMES
Praise for How To Stop Time
“Matt Haig’s latest book, How To Stop Time, is marvelous in every sense of the word. Clever, funny, poignant, and written with Haig’s trademark blend of crystalline prose and deft storytelling, this is a book that stirs the heart and mind in equal measure. A hugely enjoyable read.” - Deborah Harkness author of The All Souls Trilogy
"Compelling and full of life's big questions, How To Stop Time is a book you will not be able to put down." —Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project
"The narrator is 400 years old, but the sardonic asides give this pacy novel a modern twist. Matt Haig has designs on our heartstrings . . . The energy and zip of this book are hard to resist." —The Guardian
"Matt Haig is astounding." —Stephen Fry