Reasons to Stay Alive 2nd bestselling non-fiction book of 2016

41vXO7rd8YL._SX363_BO1,204,203,200_Reasons to Stay Alive was a Sunday Times number one bestseller and the 2nd best-selling non-fiction book of 2016. Thanks to everyone who has bought it and for your very kind emails and letters. I do read them all and am slowly working my way through my replies. Apologies for taking so long!


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Thanks to the wonderful rights team at Canongate my books have found some lovely homes around the world. (For any further information on international rights please contact the Canongate Rights team.)

American edition of Reasons to Stay Alive
The American edition of Reasons to Stay Alive is published by Penguin and is available now.

Reasons to Stay Alive will be published by:

Argentina (World Spanish) by Emecé / Grupo Planeta

Brazil by Intrinseca

Canada by HarperCollins

China by Ginkgo Beijing Book

Croatia by Mazaik

Estonia by Varrak

Finland by Basam Books

France by Editions Philippe Rey

Germany by DTV

Greece by Patakis

Hungary by Libri Könyvkiadó Kft.

Israel by Matar

Italy by Ponte Alle Grazie (Mauri Spagnol)

Lithuania by Sofoklis

Netherlands by Lebowski

Norway by Libretto forlag

Poland by Sonia Draga

Portugal by Porto Editora

Slovakia by Premedia

South Korea by KPI Publishing

Spain Catalan by Editorial Empúries (Grup 62)

Sweden by Massolit

Taiwan by CommonWealth Magazine

Turkey by Kolektif

USA by Penguin

UK Large Print by F. A. Thorpe


9780399552656 A Boy Called Christmas is published in America by Knopf


A Boy Called Christmas will be available in:

Canada by HarperCollins

China by Xiron Books

Finland by Basam Books

France by Hélium Editions

Germany by DTV

Greece by Patakis

Hungary by Libri Könyvkiadó Kft.

Italy by Adriano Salani Editore (Mauri Spagnol)

Japan by Nishimura

Lithuania by Tyto Alba

Netherlands by Moon (Overamstel Uitgevers)

Norway by Cappelen Damm

Poland by Zysk

Portugal by Booksmile

Romania by Nemira

Russia by AST

Serbia by Vulkan

South Korea by Mirae-N

Spain by Destino Juvenil (Planeta)

Sweden by Alfabeta Bokforlag

Taiwan by Eastern Publishing

USA by Knopf BFYR (PRH)

The Humans is published by:

Brazil by Grupo Editorial Pensamento

Canada by HarperCollins

China by Xiron Culture and Development

France by Hélium Editions

Germany by DTV

Greece by Klidarithmos

Hungary by Pesci Direkt

Italy by Einuadi

Japan by Hayakawa

Poland by Dom Wydawniczy PWN

Russia by Sindbad Publishers

South Korea by Mirae-N

Spain by Roca Editorial

Spain Catalan by Editorial Empúries (Grup 62)

Sweden by Massolit

Taiwan by Spring International Publishers

Thailand by ClassAct Publishing

Turkey by Kolektif

USA by Free press (Simon & Schuster)

Large print America by Thorndike

UK Audio by Audible

UK Large Print by W. F. Howes

Cover The Humans
(Japanese cover of The Humans by Shinsuke Yoshitake)

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Reasons to Stay Alive

My new book is called Reasons to Stay Alive. It’s out now in UK published by Canongate. Here’s the cover:Untitled 6

This is the blurb from the book:


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.’

It’s getting some lovely reviews:

“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

“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

“Thoughtful, honest and incredibly insightful” JENNY COLGAN

“Brilliant and salutary . . . should be on prescription” REV. RICHARD COLES

It’s going to be published in America by Viking, Germany by DTV, Canada by Harper Collins.

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Echo Boy

The UK paperback edition of Echo Boy will be published on March 26th by Corgi.

Lots of people have been saying very nice things about it:

‘highly original page turner’ Independent on Sunday

‘a cracking plot with profound philosophical questions about what it is to be human. Fearless and beautifully written, it confirms Haig as one of our best new writers of speculative fiction.’ New Statesman

Echo Boy is an exciting SF thriller, but also a rich and deeply felt exploration of the line that separates humans – creatures of love, passion, fear and hate – from mere organic simulations. The Guardian

‘It’s a treat to read such a satisfying, complex work…’ FT

‘The thrilling plot is one of betrayal, power and greed, but the theme is what makes us human — and at what cost we ignore it. I predict a sequel . . .’ Daily Mail

‘Poignant and thought-provoking.’ The Bookseller

‘A page-turning mega thriller you won’t be able to put down.’ 5/5 Flipside magazine

‘A brilliant story you’ll want to read in one setting.’ The Sun

Here’s an interview I did about Echo Boy in The Independent.
Echo Boy will be published in:German – Deutscher TaschenbuchRomanian – Editura TreiRussian – AST Publishing GroupKorean – Mirae N

Here’s the cover:

The book has been optioned by Tanya Seghatchian.

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Edgar Award Shortlist

The Humans has been nominated for an Edgar Award. The shortlist can be seen here. The awards will be presented at the association’s sixty eighth gala dinner, in New York, on 1 May.