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.
Diagnosed with breast cancer in her mid-thirties, Rebecca Loncraine learned to live again through the discovery of flight. Chronicling her experiences, Skybound is both a powerful nature memoir of a world high above our heads and a moving, inspirational testament to freedom and self-discovery. Rebecca sadly passed away before the book could be published. Here her mother Trisha - who helped to bring the book to print - presents a diary in photographs of Rebecca's extraordinary journeys in the skies.
Posted on 7th Apr, 2017 by Martha Greengrass
"I found peace in the allotment and I found understanding. In quiet, I find what I feel."
As a child, Allan Jenkins was raised in children’s homes and foster care. In his moving memoir, Plot 29, he interweaves his journey to find the truth about his own family history with a chronicle of a year on the allotment. In an exclusive interview for Waterstones, he discusses family, memory and the solace he finds in gardening.
Now at sixty, novelist, translator and passionate environmentalist Dexter Petley has turned his attention to his own past with the significant memoir Love Madness Fishing. Waterstones Online’s Peter Whitehead introduces Petley’s own reflections on the genesis of this searching new work.
Posted on 20th Nov, 2014 by Roy Keane & Roddy Doyle
From The Second Half, Roy Keane discusses his FA disciplinary hearing.
Posted on 4th Nov, 2014 by Waterstones
Helen Macdonald's H is for Hawk becomes to the first memoir to win the prestigious award for non-fiction writing.
Posted on 28th Sep, 2014 by Danny Baker
Danny Baker shares an extract from his second volume of memoirs - Going Off Alarming.
Posted on 26th Jun, 2014 by Nat Jansz
Nat Jansz speaks to Chris Stewart on writing our Book Club book of the week, Last Days of the Bus Club.
Posted on 21st Jun, 2014 by Rebecca Front
Award-winning actress and comic writer Rebecca Front shares an extract from her new book Curious.
Posted on 23rd May, 2014 by Andy Miller
Former Waterstones Bookseller Andy Miller has many fond memories of his time working amongst the shelves - some of which he touches on in his book, The Year of Reading Dangerously. But it's those brushes with celebrity which Booksellers enjoy so much which he's most eager to share...
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