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!



  1. Lilyana Videnova says:

    Dear Matt,

    Thank you very much for writing this book. I read is as a bible last week. And bought a few copies for my friends.Now I am again in severe symptoms of my own depression but have some hope knowing that You have described it all and then again have this meaningful life.


  2. Kirstie Negus says:

    Dear Matt
    When I finished reading your book, I sat down and wrote this:
    I consider myself very lucky never to have suffered from depression and of course I hope I never will, but we never know what’s round the corner and life so far has certainly taught me to ‘never say never.’ If there is such a thing as a preventative measure, this book may be it.
    This is not why I read the book, however. I read it to help me to try to understand depression and better know how to support those who suffer with it. In fact the book was life-affirming in so many ways.
    I especially appreciated the final chapters, when I discovered that Haig’s world view or philosophy coincides so closely with my own. Chiefly in his conclusion that we are human and that it is our knowledge that we are the SAME and so seemingly insignificant that actually makes our lives significant, for US: ‘We are ultimately all the same thing. We are life. We are consciousness. And so by feeling part of humanity, rather than an isolated unit, we feel better.’
    What Haig’s book did for me was to articulate many of the things I have always believed, but rarely acknowledged fully, often because they are the opposite of what I/we have been taught to feel/believe. The rejection of Capitalism/the pursuit of wealth is of course an established ideology, but the idea that we should always have ‘goals’ is one I have also long believed to be a risky philosophy by which to live, since, as Haig observes, goals are likely to lead to disappointment whether or not they are achieved. To live without goals is not the same as to live without purpose, however, and that purpose, in my view, should be to appreciate the life we have been given and the humanity we share.
    No previous book I have read has forced me to sit and write an immediate response, such was the force of emotion I felt at the end.
    Thank you and keep up the great work, Matt Haig.

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