Articles written by: Matt Haig


Notes on a Nervous Planet in America

Notes on a Nervous will be published in America by Penguin on January 29th 2019.

A follow-up to Matt Haig’s internationally bestselling memoir, Reasons to Stay Alive, a broader look at how modern life feeds our anxiety, and how to live a better life.

The societies we live in are increasingly making our minds ill, making it feel as though the way we live is engineered to make us unhappy. When Matt Haig developed panic disorder, anxiety, and depression as an adult, it took him a long time to work out the ways the external world could impact his mental health in both positive and negative ways. Notes on a Nervous Planet collects his observations, taking a look at how the various social, commercial and technological “advancements” that have created the world we now live in can actually hinder our happiness. Haig examines everything from broader phenomena like inequality, social media, and the news; to things closer to our daily lives, like how we sleep, how we exercise, and even the distinction we draw between our minds and our bodies.


“A primer for how to live in the present moment, this book will find grateful readers everywhere.” —Nigella Lawson, author of How to Be a Domestic Goddessand Nigella Bites

“Take Notes on a Nervous Planet twice daily, with or without food. Crammed with wisdom, insight, love and wit.” —Stephen Fry

“Likable and thought-provoking . . . A wonderfully perceptive chronicle of life in the always-on social media age.” —The Guardian

“Witty, honest, and engaging. Haig shows great skill in describing the ‘invisible cyclone’ of depression. . . A worthy successor to Reasons to Stay Alive.” —The Sunday Times

Notes on a Nervous Planet contains lists, imagined conversations, essays, and personal stories that critique the damage that worry—about the environment, politics, the news, and everything else that demands our attention on a daily basis—wreaks on our ability to live a full life. Haig artfully, powerfully counters these challenges with battle-tested advice from his own hard-won experience.” —Booklist

“In this illuminating follow-up to his memoir, Reasons to Stay Alive, novelist and children’s author Haig (How to Stop Time, 2018, etc.) continues to explore how the rapid pace of our modern world can adversely affect our psyche… In bite-sized chapters, the author considers the various issues that plague us, including our increasing addiction to smartphones and social media, the emotional impact of absorbing 24-hour cycles of often grueling international news events, and our collective lack of sleep…. [An] often wise and inspiring self-help title strengthened by the author’s very personal experiences and acquired insight.” —Kirkus

“[Haig] is a smart operator who knows his readership and genuinely wants to help them . . . I reached the last page admiring the author’s inventive energy and insight.” —The Daily Mail

“Warm and wise. If the modern world is making you anxious, this is the perfect book for you.” —Claudia Hammond, author of Time Warped

“Beautiful, honest and wise.” —Fearne Cotton, BBC Radio

“A convincing, wise, and reassuring book.” —The Irish Times

“Is the modern world doing our heads in? Matt Haig shares our fears and gives answers to the question from many different angles. An enthralling book.” —Jo Brand, author of The More You Ignore Me

“Warm and wise. If the modern world is making you anxious, this is the perfect book for you.” —Claudia Hammond, author of Time Warped


Books / Kids News


My new book for children, The Truth Pixie, is out now. It went straight into the Sunday Times bestseller list so thank you to everyone who has bought it already. It’s a book I wrote to be a comfort guide for kids through their more worried moments. Here’s a page from the book.



I am so thrilled that I’m on the Supersavers National Book Awards shortlist for Author of the Year! More details are at



Notes on A Nervous Planet has been shortlisted for a non-fiction Books Are My Bag Readers Award! More information on this wonderful award can be found here.



Last few dates of 2018:

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

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

25 NOV 2018, 1pm – 2pm, FOYLES LONDON, Children’s event for The Truth Pixie, 107 Charing Cross Road FREE EVENT

I’ll be touring in March 2018 – dates to be announced soon.