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Reasons to stay alive

Reasons to stay alive

Haig, Matt, 1975- author

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

Hardback, Book. English.
Published Edinburgh: Canongate, 2015
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Available at Redditch.

  • Redditch – One available in 158.092/HAI

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  • Malvern – Earliest copy due back 29th June

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  • The Hive – Earliest copy due back 5th July

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Statement of responsibility: Matt Haig
ISBN: 1782115080, 9781782115083
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Physical Description: 264 pages ; 19 cm
Subject: Well-being.; Haig, Matt, 1975- Psychology.; Depressed persons Life skills guides.; Life skills.; Psychology.; Haig, Matt, 1975- Mental health.

Author note

Matt Haig is the author of five adult novels including the bestselling The Humans, a World Book Night
title in 2014, and The Radleys, which was selected for Channel 4's TV Book Club and was voted winner of the series in 2011. He has also written for children and young adults and his work has been translated into thirty languages.


Maybe the most important book I've read this year||A life-saving book||Brings a difficult and sensitive subject out of the darkness and into the light||Full of wisdoms and warmth||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||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)||Fascinating and beautifully written||Matt Haig uses words like a tin-opener. We are the tin||Thoughtful, honest and incredibly insightful||Brilliant and salutary . . . should be on prescription||Matt Haig is astounding||For anyone who has faced the black dog, or felt despair, this marvellous book is a real comfort, dealing sympathetically with depression, written with candour and from first-hand experience. I think it is a small masterpiece. It might even save lives||A really great read, and essential to our collective well-being||Warm and engaging, and shot through with humour . . . a valuable contribution to the conversation
Sunday Times||Quite simply brilliant
Bookmunch||I feel like someone else in the world understands me now. I feel a bit less alone, a bit less scared, a bit less guilty and anxious and burdened
Little White Library||A heart-breaking account of a young man experiencing debilitating depression but comes with a surprising light touch
Sunday Mail||The amount of passages I've underlined is a real testament to his skills as a writer
The White Journal||Connaught Telegraph||A tender, candid, inspiring book about depression
Sunday Express