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Reasons to Stay Alive

Reasons to Stay Alive

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Matt Haig's positive, accessible, and life-saving memoir of his struggle with depression, and how his triumph over the illness taught him to live again.
When Matt Haig was 24 years old, he found himself at the edge of a cliff on the Spanish island of Ibiza, contemplating throwing himself off the edge. He had sunk to the lowest point anyone can sink - contemplating taking his own life. But he did not, and he spent the next few years trying to return to normal. Like nearly one in five people, Matt was experiencing the illness of depression. REASONS TO STAY ALIVE is Matt's touching and entirely relatable account of how he pulled himself from the grip of the disease and learned to love life with the help of reading, writing, and the care of his parents and his girlfriend (and now-wife) Andrea.

There are many great books on depression, from William Stytron's DARKNESS VISIBLE to Andrew Solomon's THE NOONDAY DEMON. While they leave us enlightened, they tend to leave us in a darker mood. In REASONS TO STAY ALIVE, Matt looks at his experiences with the charicteristic warmth and humor that won him fans in his novels THE DEAD FATHERS CLUB and THE RADLEYS. His frankness is illuminating to anyone who feels confused or daunted by depression, and he never lets the reader lose sight of hope. Above all, he wants us to remember that the oldest cliches are true: there is always light at the end of the tunnel, and there are always reasons to stay alive.
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Editorial Reviews

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

About the Author

Matt Haig

Matt Haig is the author of the internationally bestselling memoirReasons to Stay Alive, along with five novels, including The Midnight LibraryHow to Stop Time, and several award-winning children's books. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages.

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