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.
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.
“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
Posted on 14th Jan, 2016 by Sally Campbell
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.
Posted on 1st Jan, 2016 by Sally Campbell
This month's non-fiction choice is a remarkably honest, uplifting and compassionate book
Posted on 19th Nov, 2015 by Sally Campbell
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
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.
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.
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.
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