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Matt Haig - Author


Matt Haig was born in Sheffield in 1975 and grew up in Nottinghamshire. He has lived in London and Spain, and now lives in north Yorkshire. His writing has frequently appeared in the UK press. He is the author of The Last Family in England, a UK bestseller narrated by a Labrador, The Dead Fathers Club, an update of Hamlet featuring an eleven-year-old boy and The Possession of Mr Cave. He has also written two children's novels, Shadow Forest, and its sequel The Runaway Troll.

Matt Haig on his teen novel, The Radleys:
"This is a story about growing up, first and foremost. About how we learn to come to terms with who we are, independent of the ideas our parents had for us. About how we decide our own identities. As well as what shapes those identities - who we choose to love, and hate, admire and fear. It is about how denying ourselves can sometimes be more dangerous than succumbing to tempation. This is the story I wanted to tell. I never set out to write a vampire story, but vampires were the obvious choice. After all, as family secrets go, you can't get much bigger than finding out you are actually a full-blown creature of the night. And hopefully it fits as a metaphor for teenage life. A life full of physical changes, forbidden cravings, and feelings of being an outsider. In that sense, we've probably all been vampires at some stage."

Author photo © Clive Doyle

If you like Matt Haig you might also like to read books by Simon Lelic, Neil Cross and Joe Dunthorne.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Matt Haig

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
How to Stop Time
Matt Haig
How to Stop Time is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change and about the lifetimes it can take to really learn how to live. The life-affirming new novel from the number...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/07/2017
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
Reasons to Stay Alive
Matt Haig
Shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Non-Fiction Award 2016. THE MOST TALKED ABOUT MEMOIR OF 2015 - NOW IN PAPERBACK
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/12/2015
Humans: An A-Z by Matt Haig
Humans: An A-Z
Matt Haig
After all those “guidebooks” and “travel-back-in-time” histories giving us a modern take on Elizabethan England et al, Matt Haig has come up with a guide book for anyone visiting the Planet Earth. It will help visitors and space tourists in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
The Humans by Matt Haig
The Humans
Matt Haig
April 2014 Book of the Month. It’s incredibly difficult to say anything about The Humans other than to encourage you to read it for yourself to discover how utterly delightful,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
The Humans by Matt Haig
The Humans
Matt Haig
May 2013 Book of the Month. A funny and touching exploration into what it is to be human. After solving the world’s greatest mathematical riddle Professor Andrew Martin is found naked walking...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/05/2013
The Radleys by Matt Haig
The Radleys
Matt Haig
Shortlisted for the Galaxy Popular Fiction Book of the Year Award 2011. I am told the vampire craze is on the wane to be replaced by zombie books but the great thing about vampires is they are human and none...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2011
The Radleys by Matt Haig
The Radleys
Matt Haig
One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. Shortlisted for the Galaxy Popular Fiction Book of the Year Award 2011. I am told the vampire craze is on the wane to be replaced by zombie books...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/06/2011

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