Reasons to Stay Alive

by Matt Haig

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Reasons to Stay Alive Synopsis

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FEEL TRULY ALIVE? Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth. I wrote this book because the oldest cliches remain the truest. Time heals. The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven't been able to see it ...Words, just sometimes, really can set you free.

Reasons to Stay Alive Press Reviews

'Maybe the most important book I've read this year' -- SIMON MAYO

'A life-saving book' -- AMANDA CRAIG

'Warm and engaging, and shot through with humour ... a valuable contribution to the conversation' SUNDAY TIMES

'Brings a difficult and sensitive subject out of the darkness and into the light' -- MICHAEL PALIN

'Full of wisdoms and warmth' -- NATHAN FILER

'A tender, candid, inspiring book about depression' SUNDAY EXPRESS

'Matt Haig is astounding' -- STEPHEN FRY

'Reasons to Stay Alive is wonderful. I read it in one sitting. Touching, funny, thought-provoking, with a huge heart. It should be read by anyone who has suffered, or known someone who has suffered (i.e. everyone)' -- S J WATSON

'Fascinating and beautifully written' -- IAN RANKIN

'Matt Haig uses words like a tin-opener. We are the tin' -- JEANETTE WINTERSON

'Matt Haig is a marvellous writer: limpid; tender; passionate. In this memoir (and it's short, barely 200 pages long), he manages to articulate, both the bleakness of depression and the means of dealing with it, little by little, day by day, without ever sounding maudlin, or self-indulgent, or preachy. For everyone who has ever felt the snap of the black dog's teeth, this book is wise, funny, affirming and redemptive. Sometimes depression can be like falling into a wordless pit. Matt Haig finds the words. And he says them for all of us' -- JOANNE HARRIS

'Thoughtful, honest and incredibly insightful' -- JENNY COLGAN

'Brilliant and salutary ... should be on prescription' -- REV. RICHARD COLES

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ISBN: 9781782116820
Publication date: 31/12/2015
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782116820
Publication date: 31st December 2015
Author: Matt Haig
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Prose: non-fiction,

About Matt Haig

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 ...

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