Matt Haig

Matt Haig

Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and six highly acclaimed novels for adults, including How to Stop TimeThe Humans and The Radleys. As a writer for children and young adults he has won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and been shortlisted three times for the Carnegie Medal. His work has been translated into over forty languages.

‘Notes on a Nervous Planet is generous, sensible and timely. Reading it will probably be good for your mental health. Especially if you leave your smartphone in another room’ Guardian

‘I reached the last page admiring Haig’s inventive energy and insight’ Daily Mail 

‘Witty, honest and engaging . . . a worthy successor to Reasons to Stay Alive’ Sunday Times

‘A wonderfully perceptive chronicle of life in the always-on social media age. . .  A real-world guide to mindfulness’ Observer

‘Notes On A Nervous Planet is a fascinating look at the link between anxiety and the world we live in, exploring how technology and social media affects our sleep and health, both physical and mental. . . Matt Haig is one of our warmest, wittiest and wisest writers’ Mail on Sunday

‘In these obsessively social media-angst-ridden times, Matt Haig is bound to have another hit on his hands’ 
Evening Standard

‘Haig’s approach is warm, personal and practical; Notes on a Nervous Planet is reassuring and inspiring’
Woman & Home

‘Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig is essential for anyone who suffers from anxiety and depression – and anyone who cares for someone who does. An insightful, personal, practical guide on how to cope with modern-day stresses’ Good Housekeeping

‘Ever feel like this world be messing with your mind? Matt Haig is here to remind you that you’re not alone, and arm you with strategies to resist’ Women’s Health

‘Matt Haig has written movingly of his struggle with depression in Reasons to Stay Alive, and here he tackles the anxiety that threatens to scupper his equilibrium, asking ‘How can I stop my mind being overloaded when the world is overloaded?’’Psychologies

‘Matt Haig’s Notes on a Nervous Planet explores how 21st century living is taking its toll on us, and offers advice for staying healthy and happy in the face of too much of everything. . . Mixing anecdotes with a look at scientific studies, and peppered with advice throughout, this is a rough guide to how to live in the moment, and appreciate modern life without letting it overwhelm you’ Stylist

‘In Notes On A Nervous Planet, Haig unpicks how society is set up for us to want more, to do more, buy more, to be better or different – in other words, the exact opposite of calm’The Pool



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