A Boy Called Christmas

Here’s the book trailer for A Boy Called Christmas:


  1. Matt, maybe I should accuse you of plagiarisation but that would be rather unfair of me. You see, I’m a decent kind of guy and prefer to believe that most people are also pretty decent, honest, kind and caring. Then today happened. Around 3.00pm on Saturday 25 April I sat down on a bench on a green common in my hometown of Dundee and started reading a book called Reasons To Stay Alive by this author I’d never heard of called Matt Haig. Well, by the time I had reached the end of the first page, a light bulb – no, I should say a spectacular display of Xmas lights lit up my very own very dark ‘tunnel which has been blocked at both ends’ for a long long time.

    This is not the time for me to go into any great detail about the impact your book is having on me – I’m about half way through it. I have absolutely no doubt I will find myself compelled to write to you when I complete the book, but for now I just want to say thank you for quite innocently telling my story. I would however, still like to write my own account of my life living in a similar tunnel as yourself. Unfortunately I am still lost in this damned dark tunnel. Can’t see and unable to find pen and paper. I have decided though that the title will be ‘How Are You’. This question consisting of three tiny insignificant words of three letters each, when collectively put to me, have constantly broke my heart and spirit for years. I know I don’t have to explain to you why this has been the case.

    Your story and how you describe the numerous experiences of mind states, thinking patterns and processes, fears and ‘terrors’, opinions and conclusions reached, are so uncannily similar to my own. Quite unbelievable and even spooky. So Matt I’ll sign off just now and look forward to expanding on this note to you very soon. You may well have sewn the actual seed I have been looking for which I can then nourish, ultimately saving my life. Thank you so much.

    Yours sincerely,

    Ron Lindsay

  2. Esther says:

    Hi Matt, I’ve just finished reading this book which I picked up from my local library and wanted to tell you how much I got from it. I love the varied way you wrote it and your absolute honesty. Thanks for your message of hope and for saying it as it is.

  3. Katharina says:

    I have finished your book just yesterday (and i am in a very dark place just now …). It has cheered me up a bit and made me believe that the day will come when I will feel ok again hence the hurricane will be over. I think it’s so important that people get to share their stories about depression. thank you for your bravery and your smart little book!

  4. Thanks, Matt. This video is superb. Made me cry – in a cathartic way. It’s people like you, being brave and talking about depression and trying to lift the stigma, that will make it better for all of us in the end. I hope that soon I’ll be brave enough to join in that work too. Have a wonderful time in Sydney.

  5. Hi Matt, you didn’t reply to Ron Lindsay, and I just thought he wrote such a lovely message. I haven’t read your book yet, I’ve just heard about it. Thank you, we need more people to talk about mental health, it helps me out a lot.

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