Reasons to Stay Alive

Matt Haig author


Publisher:Canongate Books

Published:31st Dec '15


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The number one bestseller -warm, witty, honest and human, a manifesto for staying alive, whatever your demons

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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 clichés 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."

Maybe the most important book I've read this year -- SIMON MAYO
A life-saving book -- AMANDA CRAIG
Warm and engaging, and shot through with humour . . . a valuable contribution to the conversation * * SUNDAY TIMES * *
Brings a difficult and sensitive subject out of the darkness and into the light -- MICHAEL PALIN
Full of wisdoms and warmth -- NATHAN FILER
A tender, candid, inspiring book about depression * * SUNDAY EXPRESS * *
Matt Haig is astounding -- STEPHEN FRY
As candid as it is touching, this is a book about depression that's refreshingly uplifting, focusing on making the most of your time on earth - even if some days feel worse than others. Keep a pencil at hand: There'll be countless passages you'll want to bookmark and pass on to friends -- RUBY WAX
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
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
Thoughtful, honest and incredibly insightful -- JENNY COLGAN
Matt Haig is an incredible author -- LAURA WHITMORE
Brilliant and salutary . . . should be on prescription -- REV. RICHARD COLES
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
A bracing manifesto on overcoming depression and suicidal thoughts * * IRISH INDEPENDENT * *
Quite simply brilliant * * BOOKMUNCH * *
Thoroughly uplifting and joyous * * Daily Express * *
A heart-breaking account of a young man experiencing debilitating depression but comes with a surprising light touch * * SUNDAY MAIL * *
A book that can help us gain empathy for the struggles others may be having, and it can encourage those in need to get support if they are reluctant to do so * * Medium * *
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 * *
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 * *
Gives a profound, sensitive and enlightening insight into depression. I can't recommend it enough for everyone -- RUTH JONES
Here was someone speaking about mental health in a way I'd never heard before. It saved my life -- KATIE THISTLETON

  • Winner of Books Are My Bag Readers Awards - Non-Fiction 2016 (UK)

ISBN: 9781782116820

Dimensions: 178mm x 129mm x 18mm

Weight: 175g

288 pages