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Books Save Lives with Matt Haig

Books Save Lives with Matt Haig

Posted on 11th May, 2018 by Peter Whitehead

Despite effervescent triumphs such as his novel How to Stop Time, Matt Haig has long battled the spectre of depression. His courage to talk publically about his issues has been inspirational, and his account of those struggles and the battle to overcome them, Reasons to Stay Alive, has become the standard of its kind. Now in paperback, Notes on a Nervous Planet, is Haig’s exploration of how to be healthy in a damaging world. Here the author explores the power of books as a source of healing.

Joanna Cannon on the Best Fiction of 2017

2017’s been a glorious year for fiction. So much so, that trying to narrow any list down to just a few titles is a dauntingly Herculean task. Thankfully Joanna Cannon, the author of one of our favourite recent novels, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, is up for a challenge. Here, exclusively for Waterstones, she offers a selection of the fiction she’s been unable to put down this year.

A Waterstones Exclusive Interview with Matt Haig

“Novels are a form of exploring uncharted imagination”

A quick-footed, time-traversing dance of a novel that features a brush with Shakespeare and a cocktail with Fitzgerald, Matt Haig’s How to Stop Time is a refreshingly modern take on a historical novel.  Described by the Guardian as a ‘high concept romance… with a modern twist’ it already has a film adaptation snapping at its heels with Benedict Cumberbatch set to take the leading role. Here, exclusively for Waterstones, the author talks about the pull of getting lost in time.

Author Image: Matt Haig by Ken Railey

Books of The Month: media round Up

We are not the only ones who love our Books of the Month, they have all gone down a treat in the media. Here is a round-up of all the fantastic things critics and other esteemed people have written about them:

It's time to change your mind: books for a healthy brain

Stuck in a rut? Tired of the same old, same old patterns? Want to reinvigorate, re-energise and reboot? Changing the way you think is the best place to start and here some books to help you do just that.

Non-fiction Book of The Month: Reasons to Stay Alive

This month's non-fiction choice is a remarkably honest, uplifting and compassionate book

Waterstones Book of The Year Shortlist: Reasons To Stay Alive

Eight titles have been nominated for the Waterstones Book of The Year Award and we will be profiling one title a day for the next eight days. Our fourth profile: Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Waterstones Book Of The Year Shortlist 2015

Waterstones Book Of The Year Shortlist 2015

Posted on 13th Nov, 2015 by Sally Campbell

Today's the day we announce our eight exceptional reads from the last year in publishing. If you are looking for the real literary highlights of 2015, read on. We will select an overall winner on December 1st.

The Day I Couldn't Read

The Day I Couldn't Read

Posted on 12th Mar, 2015 by Matt Haig

Matt Haig's new book, Reasons to Stay Alive, chronicles his own personal experiences with depression. Here he writes about how the condition once stopped him from being able to read, and how he learned to break through the barrier and pick up a book again.

#WednesdayStory: Matt Haig

#WednesdayStory: Matt Haig

Posted on 17th Dec, 2014 by Guest contributor

Trains, drugs and a mysterious woman feature in this week's #WednesdayStory, started by The Human's author Matt Haig and finished by our lovely Twitter followers. Here's what you came up with:

"Let’s love books, but let’s not patronise them"

"Let’s love books, but let’s not patronise them"

Posted on 5th Nov, 2014 by Matt Haig

Can you love something too much? Matt Haig is concerned that we're at risk of devaluing books by wanting to only see the best in them.

The YA Buzz

The YA Buzz

Posted on 19th Jul, 2014 by Isabel Popple

Want to know some of things that were discussed at YALC and what is at the heart of YA? Here’s Isabel Popple's personal pick of some of the most crucial comments made across last weekend's events.