Articles written by: Matt Haig

International

INTERNATIONAL

Thanks to the wonderful rights team at Canongate my books have found some lovely homes around the world. Reasons to Stay Alive has just been sold to it’s 39th international territory. (For any further information on international rights please contact the Canongate Rights team.)

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How To Stop Time is published in America by Viking Penguin

More international rights info is here.

Events

Events

 

I’ve been touring with my new book, Notes on a Nervous Planet, and it’s been lovely meeting so many of you. Here are the rest of the dates for this year:

16 SEP 2018, 6 pm, Lüneburg, Germany, Lünebuch, Bardowicker Str. 1,  INFO/TICKETS

20 SEP 2018, 7.30pm, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, Hospitalkirche Schwäbisch Hall, Am Spitalbach 8, INFO/TICKETS

20 SEP 2018, 6-7.30pm, YORK BIG CITY READ LAUNCH EVENT, York Explore Library and Archive, Library Square, Museum Street, York YO1 7DS, INFO/TICKETS FULLY BOOKED

25 SEP 2018, LAUNCH OF REASONS TO STAY ALIVE ALBUM WITH ANDY BURROWS, 229 The Venue, 229 Great Portland St, London W1W 5PN, INFO / TICKETS

26 SEP 2018, 6pm, GOTHENBURG, Borås Stadsbibliotek, INFO / TICKETS

12 OCT 2018, 3.30-4.30pm, CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL -THIS BOOK SAVED MY LIFE WITH SCARLETT CURTIS, The Nook, Montpellier Gardens, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, GL50 1QB INFO / TICKETS SOLD OUT

12 OCT 2018, 5.45-6.45pm, CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL EVENT – NOTES ON A NERVOUS PLANET, The Sunday Times Garden Theatre, Montpellier Gardens, Imperial Square, Cheltenham GL50 1QB INFO / TICKETS

14 OCT 2018, 4.30pm – 5.30pm, GUILDFORD BOOK FESTIVAL, Harbour Hotel, 3 Alexandra Terrace, High Street, Guildford GU1 3DA   INFO / TICKETS

20 OCT 2018, 7.30pm, SALISBURY LITERATURE FESTIVAL, Salisbury Cathedral, 6 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EJ, INFO / TICKETS

21 OCT 2018, 2.30pm, WELLS FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE, HOW TO STOP TIME BOOK GROUP EVENT, Cedars Hall, The Liberty, Wells BA5 2ST,  INFO / TICKETS

16 NOV 2018, 6.30PM, YORK BIG CITY READ END EVENT, Tang Hall Explore Library, The Centre @ Burnholme, Mossdale Ave, York YO31 0HA, INFO / TICKETS

23 NOV 2018, 1.30PM, FOLKESTONE LITERATURE FESTIVAL, The Quarterhouse, 49 Tontine St, Folkestone CT20 1BN, INFO / TICKETS

Books

8 weeks at number one!

Notes on a Nervous Planet is a Sunday Times number one bestseller again this week! Thank you so so much to everyone who has bought it. I have the best readers! x

Some very lovely people have been saying rather nice things about it too:

“Genius” RUBY WAX

“Beautiful, honest and wise” FEARNE COTTON

“Take Notes on a Nervous Planet twice daily, with or without food. The book is crammed with wisdom, insight, love and wit” STEPHEN FRY

“A primer for how to live in the present moment. This book will find grateful readers everywhere” NIGELLA LAWSON
Notes on a Nervous Planet is a fascinating look at the link between anxiety and the world we live in . . . [Haig is] one of our warmest, wittiest and wisest writers” Mail on Sunday

“Matt Haig has written really something rather special here – the definitive user manual for your own head. It’s a self-help book that – unusually for the genre – talks in sensible, practical terms not in vague aphorisms and allegories. Recommended for anyone who’s ever wobbled, and that’s all of us” ADAM KAY

“Haig’s bestseller Reasons to Stay Alive was an engaging self-help memoir which mined personal trauma for valuable life lessons. This follow-up is a rag-bag of personal experience, thoughts and feelings . . . some thought-provoking, some pertinent and important . . . He’s a smart operator who knows his readership and genuinely wants to help them” Bel Mooney Daily Mail

“A warm, generous, profound book about the complications of modern humanity. Haig is one of the most important writers of our time” DOLLY ALDERTON

“Haig tackles everything from internet anxieties, phone fears to life overload, putting the chaos into beautiful words” Sunday Post

“Warm and wise. If the modern world is making you anxious, this is the perfect book for you” CLAUDIA HAMMOND

“Examines how the world infiltrates our minds, and how to cope with its manifold distractions” ANITA SETHI Inews

Here’s the blurb from the back cover:

The world is messing with our minds.

Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected, yet feel more alone. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index.

– How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad?
– How do we stay human in a technological world?
– How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious?

After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig. And he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him. Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the twenty-first century.

You can order it from Waterstones, or Foyles, or Amazon or from any good bookstore!

News

Reading Well scheme for mental health

Reading Well_0Reasons to Stay Alive has been chosen as one of the 2018 Reading Well books. The aim of the Reading Well scheme is to combat mental health stigma. There are some wonderful books on the list including: Cathy Rentzenbrink (A Manual for Heartache); Sathnam Sanghera (The Boy with the Topknot); Ruby Wax (A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled). More info can be found here.

Books

Sunday Times Number One

Notes on a Nervous Planet is a Sunday Times Number one bestseller! Thank you so much!

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Some very lovely people have been saying rather nice things about it too:

“Genius” RUBY WAX

“Beautiful, honest and wise” FEARNE COTTON

“Take Notes on a Nervous Planet twice daily, with or without food. The book is crammed with wisdom, insight, love and wit” STEPHEN FRY

“A primer for how to live in the present moment. This book will find grateful readers everywhere” NIGELLA LAWSON
Notes on a Nervous Planet is a fascinating look at the link between anxiety and the world we live in . . . [Haig is] one of our warmest, wittiest and wisest writers” Mail on Sunday

“Matt Haig has written really something rather special here – the definitive user manual for your own head. It’s a self-help book that – unusually for the genre – talks in sensible, practical terms not in vague aphorisms and allegories. Recommended for anyone who’s ever wobbled, and that’s all of us” ADAM KAY

“Haig’s bestseller Reasons to Stay Alive was an engaging self-help memoir which mined personal trauma for valuable life lessons. This follow-up is a rag-bag of personal experience, thoughts and feelings . . . some thought-provoking, some pertinent and important . . . He’s a smart operator who knows his readership and genuinely wants to help them” Bel Mooney Daily Mail

“A warm, generous, profound book about the complications of modern humanity. Haig is one of the most important writers of our time” DOLLY ALDERTON

“Haig tackles everything from internet anxieties, phone fears to life overload, putting the chaos into beautiful words” Sunday Post

“Warm and wise. If the modern world is making you anxious, this is the perfect book for you” CLAUDIA HAMMOND

“Examines how the world infiltrates our minds, and how to cope with its manifold distractions” ANITA SETHI Inews

Here’s the blurb from the back cover:

The world is messing with our minds.

Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected, yet feel more alone. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index.

– How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad?
– How do we stay human in a technological world?
– How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious?

After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig. And he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him. Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the twenty-first century.

You can order it from Waterstones, or Foyles, or Amazon or from any good bookstore!