Reasons to Stay Alive (Hardback)
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Reasons to Stay Alive (Hardback)

Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 05/03/2015
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Shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2015

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FEEL TRULY ALIVE? 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. 'I wrote this book because the oldest cliches remain the truest. Time heals. The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven't been able to see it ...Words, just sometimes, really can set you free.'

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781782115083
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 325 g
Dimensions: 184 x 138 x 27 mm
Edition: Main

Maybe the most important book I've read this year -- SIMON MAYO
A life-saving book -- AMANDA CRAIG
Brings a difficult and sensitive subject out of the darkness and into the light -- MICHAEL PALIN
Full of wisdoms and warmth -- NATHAN FILER
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 -- JOANNE HARRIS
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) -- S J WATSON
Fascinating and beautifully written -- IAN RANKIN
Matt Haig uses words like a tin-opener. We are the tin -- JEANETTE WINTERSON
Thoughtful, honest and incredibly insightful -- JENNY COLGAN
Brilliant and salutary . . . should be on prescription -- REV. RICHARD COLES
Matt Haig is astounding -- STEPHEN FRY
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 -- JOANNA LUMLEY
A really great read, and essential to our collective well-being -- JO BRAND
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 * *
A life-affirming and quietly joyful read * * Connaught Telegraph * *
A tender, candid, inspiring book about depression * * Sunday Express * *

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This book has already received so much praise, and it is worth every bit of it.
A highly personal account of Matt Haig's battle with mental illness that should be essential reading for anyone who has ever gone... More

Hardback edition
16th June 2015
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Sharon M

“Eloquently articulated”

My Thoughts:
It is important to mention that you do not need to have suffered a mental illness to benefit from reading 'Reasons To Stay Alive' by Matt Haig.

Enchanting, affirming, poignant and touching, but... More

Hardback edition
10th May 2015
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Leilah at Doncaster

“Reasons to read this book...”

Reasons to read this book:

1) You have suffered/ are suffering depression and/or anxiety.
2) You know someone who has suffered/ is suffering depression and/or anxiety.

If you’re asking the question “Is this... More

Hardback edition
3 similar books recommended
28th February 2015
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