The Comfort Book

Hardback edition released 28/10/2021

by Matt Haig

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LoveReading Expert Review of The Comfort Book

A beautifully packaged, beautifully comforting hug in a book and an antidote to today’s busy lifestyles, medicine for our crazy lives.

The Comfort Book is just that. A beautifully packaged, beautifully comforting hug in a book. Haig’s lists, aphorisms, quotes, case studies and recipes are an antidote to today’s busy lifestyles, medicine for our crazy lives. It is suggested that you should read it how you want; “it’s as messy as life”. And there is something incredibly liberating about being told there are no rules on opening a book. So then I flicked. Because I could. Because I was given permission to. 

I came to a chapter: Short. Life is short. Be kind. And it make me stop and think about when I last displayed kindness. Am I too busy in my life juggling. existing. coping. to show kindness as much as I should. 

We need to give ourselves space. To breathe. And I spent 15 minutes on that page. Six words.

Another page with 10 words I laughed out loud at. Pasta, is all I have to say.

This book really made me stop. And think. And breathe. The pace of my life stopped each time I picked it up. And that space was so needed.

The book is filled with Haig’s reflections on hope, survival and the messy miracle of being alive. He shares his collection of consolations learned in hard times and suggestions for making the bad day’s better. For now, I’m still enjoying it but know I’ll keep it by my bed or maybe next to the toilet for people to share. It’s a book to be savoured. To be enjoyed. To come back to. It’s a marathon. Not a sprint. He includes quotes from Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, cultural anthropologist Ernest Becker, Nietzsche, existential philosopher Rollo May, Bruce Lee.

Haig’s witty. He’s wise. I love the way he writes, the way he imparts wisdom, shares his nuggets on life and I recognise that I haven’t got a routine baggy enough to live in. Thank you Matt for the comfort. I’m off to make Matt’s hummus. And eat crisps. And get some “baggy” in my life.

 

Deborah Maclaren

The Comfort Book Synopsis

THE INSTANT NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER - FEATURING A NEW CHAPTER ON WINTER COMFORTS Reflections on hope, survival and the messy miracle of being alive The Comfort Book is a collection of consolations learned in hard times and suggestions for making the bad days better. Drawing on maxims, memoir and the inspirational lives of others, these meditations celebrate the ever-changing wonder of living. This is for when we need the wisdom of a friend or a reminder we can always nurture inner strength and hope, even in our busy world. A book of timeless comfort for modern minds. This edition includes a new chapter from the author on finding the light side of the darkest days of the year.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781838857004
Publication date: 28th October 2021
Author: Matt Haig
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 272 pages
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Primary Genre Self-help, personal development and practical advice
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About Matt Haig

Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of two non-fiction books, Reasons to Stay Alive and Notes on a Nervous Planet as well as seven novels for adults, including The Midnight Library, How to Stop Time and The Humans. Haig also writes award-winning books for children, including A Boy Called Christmas, which has been made into a feature film for 2021 with an all-star cast. He has sold more than three million books in the UK and his work has been translated into over forty languages. @matthaig1 | @mattzhaig | matthaig.com

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