Matt Haig Popular Books

Matt Haig Biography & Facts

Matt Haig (born 3 July 1975) is an English author and journalist. He has written both fiction and non-fiction books for children and adults, often in the speculative fiction genre. Early life Haig was born on 3 July 1975 in Sheffield. He grew up in the Nottinghamshire town of Newark and later went on to study English and History at the University of Hull. Career Haig is the author of both fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. His work of non-fiction, Reasons to Stay Alive, was a number one Sunday Times bestseller and was in the UK top 10 for 46 weeks. His bestselling children's novel, Father Christmas and Me, is currently being adapted for film, produced by StudioCanal and Blueprint Pictures.His novels are often dark and quirky takes on family life. The Last Family in England retells Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1 with the protagonists as dogs. His second novel Dead Fathers Club is based on Hamlet, telling the story of an introspective 11-year-old dealing with the recent death of his father and the subsequent appearance of his father's ghost. His third adult novel, The Possession of Mr Cave, deals with an obsessive father desperately trying to keep his teenage daughter safe. His children's novel, Shadow Forest, is a fantasy that begins with the horrific death of the protagonists' parents. It won the Nestlé Children's Book Prize in 2007. He followed it with the sequel, Runaway Troll, in 2008.Haig's vampire novel The Radleys was published in 2011. In 2013, he published The Humans. It is the story of an alien who takes the identity of a university lecturer whose work in mathematics threatens the stability of the planet who must also cope with the home life which accompanies his task.In 2017, Haig published How to Stop Time, a novel about a man who appears to be 40 but has, in fact, lived for more than 400 years and has met Shakespeare, Captain Cook and F. Scott Fitzgerald. In an interview with The Guardian, Haig revealed the book has been optioned by StudioCanal films, and Benedict Cumberbatch had been "lined up to star" in the film adaptation. Reasons to Stay Alive won the Books Are My Bag Readers' Awards in 2016 and How to Stop Time was nominated in 2017. In August 2018, he wrote lyrics for English singer and songwriter Andy Burrows's music album, the title of which was derived from Haig's book Reasons to Stay Alive.In 2020, Matt Haig released his novel The Midnight Library about a young woman named Nora Seed who is unhappy with her choices in life. During the night she tries to kill herself but ends up in a library managed by her school librarian, Mrs. Elm. The library is between life and death with millions of books filled with stories of her life had she made some decisions differently. In this library, she then tries to find the life in which she's the most content. It was shortlisted for the 2021 British Book Awards "Fiction book of the year". The Midnight Library was adapted for radio and broadcast in ten episodes on BBC Radio 4 in December 2020.In 2021, Haig appeared on Storybound, accompanied by an original score from Robert Wynia.The Comfort Book was released on 1 July 2021. Personal life As of 2015, Haig is married to Andrea Semple, and they lived in Brighton, Sussex, with their two children and a dog. The children were homeschooled.Haig identifies as an atheist. He has said that books are his one true faith, and the library is his church.Some of Haig's work — especially part of the non-fiction books — is inspired by the mental breakdown he suffered from when he was 24-years-old. He still occasionally suffers from anxiety. He has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism. Works Novels The Last Family in England (Jonathan Cape, 2004); US title, The Labrador Pact The Dead Fathers Club (Cape, 2006) The Possession of Mr Cave (The Bodley Head, 2008) The Radleys (Canongate Books, 2010) The Humans (Canongate Books, 2013) How to Stop Time (Canongate Books, 2017) The Midnight Library (Canongate Books, 2020) Tales of Connection (Van Ditmar, 2021), a selection of stories from Notes on a nervous planet, The comfort book and Reasons to stay alive.Children's books Shadow Forest (2007); US title, Samuel Blink and the Forbidden Forest The Runaway Troll (Cape, 2008); US title, Samuel Blink and the Runaway Troll LCCN 2008-702 ISBN 9780399247408 To Be A Cat (Bodley Head, London, 2012) illustrated by Pete Williamson LCCN 2015-298269 ISBN 9780370332062 To Be A Cat (Atheneum, New York, 2013) illustrated by Stacy Curtis LCCN 2012-28520 ISBN 9781442454057 Echo Boy (Bodley, 2014) A Boy Called Christmas (Canongate Books, 2015) illustrated by Chris Mould LCCN 2015-43442 ISBN 9780399552656 The Girl Who Saved Christmas (Canongate Books, 2016) illustrated by Chris Mould Father Christmas and Me (Canongate Books, 2017) illustrated by Chris Mould The Truth Pixie (Canongate Books, 2018) illustrated by Chris Mould Evie and the Animals (Canongate Books, 2019) illustrated by Emily Gravett LCCN 2019-393166 ISBN 9781786894281 The Truth Pixie Goes to School (Canongate Books, 2019) illustrated by Chris Mould LCCN 2020-476813 ISBN 9781786898265 Evie in the Jungle (Canongate Books, 2020) illustrated by Emily Gravett A Mouse Called Miika (Canongate Books, 2021) illustrated by Chris MouldNon-fiction How Come You Don't Have An E-Strategy (Kogan Page, 2002) Brand Failures (Kogan Page, 2003) Brand Royalty (Kogan Page, 2004) Brand Success (Kogan Page, 2011) Reasons to Stay Alive (Canongate Books, 2015) Notes on a Nervous Planet (Canongate Books, 2018) The Comfort Book (Canongate Books, 2021)References External links Official website "Matt Haig | Reasons to Feel Okay | Edinburgh International Book Festival". 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Best Seller Matt Haig Books of 2024

  • The Life Impossible synopsis, comments

    The Life Impossible

    Matt Haig

    The remarkable next novel from Matt Haig, the author of #1 New York Times bestseller The Midnight Library, with more than nine million copies sold world wideGrace Winters is a wido...

  • On Connection synopsis, comments

    On Connection

    Kae Tempest

    Beneath the surface we are all connected . . .'An authentically soothing, powerful, thoughtprovoker.'MATT HAIG'On Connection is medicine for these wounded times.'MAX PORTER'On Conn...

  • The Afternoon Tea Club synopsis, comments

    The Afternoon Tea Club

    Jane Gilley

    Everyone’s welcome at The Afternoon Tea Club…Marjorie, Stacy, Raymond and Dora each hold a different story to their chest – lost loves, abandoned dreams, crippling selfconfidence i...

  • The Stress Solution synopsis, comments

    The Stress Solution

    Dr Rangan Chatterjee

    From the author of the Sunday Times bestselling The 4 Pillar Plan'One of the most influential doctors in the UK (...) I could talk to Rangan all day (...) he's amazing' Chris Evans...

  • Self-care for Tough Times synopsis, comments

    Self-care for Tough Times

    Suzy Reading

    'I hope this book can empower people with simple, potent ways to feel better right now, to access calm and move through the waves of all their emotions.'Selfcare for Tough Times is...

  • Five Minutes in the Morning synopsis, comments

    Five Minutes in the Morning


    WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO YOU TODAY?What if five minutes could change your routine and change your day? What if you checked in with how you are feeling for just those few minutes, maybe ...

  • Happy Ever After synopsis, comments

    Happy Ever After

    Paul Dolan

    'A passionate, provocative book. It isn't just a selfhelp book. It is a manifesto for a better society' Sunday Times 'One of the most rigorous articulations of the new mood of acc...

  • How to Stop Time synopsis, comments

    How to Stop Time

    Matt Haig

    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library.“A quirky romcom dusted with philosophical observations….A delightfully witty…poignant novel.” The...

  • A Boy Called Christmas synopsis, comments

    A Boy Called Christmas

    Matt Haig & Chris Mould

    Before there was Santa Claus, there was a young boy who believed in the impossible. . . . Lemony Snicket meets Klaus in this warmhearted Christmas caper.   Elevenyea...

  • Call of the Penguins synopsis, comments

    Call of the Penguins

    Hazel Prior

    'The perfect fireside read. Veronica McCreedy will capture your heart' TRISHA ASHLEY, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Christmas Invitation'This gorgeous book has everything!...

  • Less Than Zero synopsis, comments

    Less Than Zero

    Bret Easton Ellis

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The timeless classic from the acclaimed author of American Psycho about the lost generation of 1980s Los Angeles who experienced sex, drugs, and disaffec...

  • Driving Forwards synopsis, comments

    Driving Forwards

    Sophie L Morgan

    'A book that'll change your perspective on life. You'll not be able to put it down.' Fearne Cotton'Inspirational, eyeopening and deeply moving.' Mail on Sunday'A searing read.' Th...

  • A Mouse Called Miika synopsis, comments

    A Mouse Called Miika

    Matt Haig & Chris Mould

    Ratatouille meets Roald Dahl in the funny and fantastical story of a determined mouse on a mission to procure the world's tastiest cheese. From the author of A Boy Called Christmas...

  • The Anxiety Solution synopsis, comments

    The Anxiety Solution

    Chloe Brotheridge

    Find your fresh start by learning how to cope with anxiety and become a calmer, happier and more grounded person with this simple and accessible guide'Remarkable, pioneering, could...

  • The Bilingual Brain synopsis, comments

    The Bilingual Brain

    Albert Costa

    'Fascinating. . . This engaging book explores just how multiple languages are acquired and sorted out by the brain. . . Costa's work derives from a great fund of knowledge, conside...

  • Past Mortem synopsis, comments

    Past Mortem

    Ben Elton

    'A writer who provokes, almost as much as he entertains' Daily Mail'Engaging and smartly plotted' ObserverWith old friends like these, who needs enemies?It's a question mild manner...

  • Notes on a Nervous Planet synopsis, comments

    Notes on a Nervous Planet

    Matt Haig

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library.The world is messing with our minds. What if there was something we could do about it?Looking at sleep, news, ...

  • The Woman Who Kept Everything synopsis, comments

    The Woman Who Kept Everything

    Jane Gilley

    The Lady in the Van meets The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry in this uplifting, funny and moving debut novel about a 79yearold hoarder who is convinced the world is against her....

  • The Dead Fathers Club synopsis, comments

    The Dead Fathers Club

    Matt Haig

    A ghost story with a twist, from Matt Haig, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library."Matt Haig has an empathy for the human condition, the light and the da...

  • A Manual for Being Human synopsis, comments

    A Manual for Being Human

    Dr Sophie Mort

    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER'Clear, accessible wise advice for modern minds.' Matt Haig'Dr Soph is the therapist and best friend that the world deserves. The world of therapy and pr...

  • The Ministry of Time synopsis, comments

    The Ministry of Time

    Kaliane Bradley

    A time travel romance, a spy thriller, a workplace comedy, and an ingenious exploration of the nature of power and the potential for love to change it all: Welcome to The Ministry ...

  • The Girl Who Saved Christmas synopsis, comments

    The Girl Who Saved Christmas

    Matt Haig & Chris Mould

    "If somewhere in the afterlife Roald Dahl met Charles Dickens and they cooked up a new Christmas tale, it couldn’t have much on this fleet, verbally rambunctious, heartstealing fol...

  • The Energy Fix synopsis, comments

    The Energy Fix

    Karina Antram

    Feeling tired but don't know why? This is the book anyone battling low energy needs to read.'It's a cracking book, a cracking, cracking book' Chris Evans, Virgin Radio The Energy F...

  • Reasons to Stay Alive synopsis, comments

    Reasons to Stay Alive

    Matt Haig

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library."Destined to become a modern classic." Entertainment WeeklyWHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FEEL TRULY ALIVE?At the age of...

  • All My Lies synopsis, comments

    All My Lies

    Sophie Flynn

    'Perfectly paced, suspenseful and gripping a real pageturner' SOPHIE HANNAH, author of Haven't They Grown 'A rollercoaster ride with a cast of flawed characters an exce...

  • Summary of The Midnight Library by Matt Haig synopsis, comments

    Summary of The Midnight Library by Matt Haig


    A highquality summary of Matt Haig's book The Midnight Library including chapter details and analysis of the main themes of the original book.About the original book:The plot of th...

  • The Car Share synopsis, comments

    The Car Share

    Zoe Brisby

    'I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!' Amazon reviewer 'Outrageously funny!' Amazon reviewer 'Extremely touching' Amazon reviewer 'An absolute delight' Netgalley reviewerThe PERFECT C...

  • How to Listen synopsis, comments

    How to Listen

    Katie Colombus, Samaritans & The Samaritan Enterprises Limited

    Foreword by HRH The Prince of WalesPreface by Michael PalinListening helps us be there for others, to support them in tough times, and to strengthen our relationships with partners...

  • In the Wars synopsis, comments

    In the Wars

    Dr Waheed Arian

    AS HEARD ON DESERT ISLAND DISCSA WATERSTONES PAPERBACK OF THE YEAR'A riveting story of loss, exile, and rebirth.' KHALED HOSSEINI, author of The Kite Runner'One of the most incredi...

  • Happy Sexy Millionaire synopsis, comments

    Happy Sexy Millionaire

    Steven Bartlett

    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER'This book will change your life if you let it' TOM BILYEU, CoFounder/CEO of Impact Theory & CoFounder of Quest NutritionWe are losing ourselves. We'...

  • A Note Of Madness synopsis, comments

    A Note Of Madness

    Tabitha Suzuma

    Life as a student is good for Flynn. As one of the top pianists at the Royal College of Music, he has been put forward for an important concert, the opportunity of a lifetime.But b...

  • The Other Side of Night synopsis, comments

    The Other Side of Night

    Adam Hamdy

    For fans of Matt Haig and Anthony Horowitz, a “strange, compelling, and ultimately moving headspinner of a novel” (John Connolly) in which the lives of a disgraced police officer, ...

  • Back to the Boy synopsis, comments

    Back to the Boy

    James Arthur

    'The thought behind this book is not just me wanting to tell my story in the standard autobiographical fashion but to create a kind of selfhelp book that includes my story. There a...

  • Us Three synopsis, comments

    Us Three

    Ruth Jones

    THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER'A touching celebration of the beauty and endurance of female friendship. There is nothing mightier. Fact.' DAWN FRENCHThe new novel from Ruth Jo...

  • Expiration Dates synopsis, comments

    Expiration Dates

    Rebecca Serle

    Being single is like playing the lottery. There’s always the chance that with one piece of paper you could win it all.From the New York Times bestselling author of In Five Years an...

  • The Night Ship synopsis, comments

    The Night Ship

    Jess Kidd

    Based on a true story, an epic historical novel from the awardwinning author of Things in Jars that illuminates the lives of two characters: a girl shipwrecked on an island off Wes...

  • Meditations synopsis, comments


    Marcus Aurelius & Martin Hammond

    'Their icy blasts are refreshing and restorative. They tell you the worst. And having heard the worst, you feel less bad' Blake MorrisonWritten in Greek by the only Roman emperor w...

  • When I Come Home Again synopsis, comments

    When I Come Home Again

    Caroline Scott

    ‘A pageturning literary gem’ THE TIMES, BEST BOOKS OF 2020 From the highly acclaimed author of The Photographer of the Lost, a BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick, comes a beautiful an...

  • One Italian Summer synopsis, comments

    One Italian Summer

    Rebecca Serle

    INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn this “magical trip worth taking” (Associated Press), the New York Times bestselling author of In Five Years returns with a powerful novel about ...

  • The Comfort Book synopsis, comments

    The Comfort Book

    Matt Haig

    An instant New York Times Bestseller!The new uplifting book from Matt Haig, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library, for anyone in search of hope, looking ...

  • A Short Walk Through a Wide World synopsis, comments

    A Short Walk Through a Wide World

    Douglas Westerbeke

    The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue meets Life of Pi in this dazzlingly epic debut that charts the incredible, adventurous life of one woman as she journeys the globe trying to outru...

  • Colour Bar synopsis, comments

    Colour Bar

    Susan Williams

    Sir Seretse Khama, the first President of Botswana and heir apparent to the kingship of the Bangwato people, brought independence and great prosperity to his nation after colonial ...

  • Ten Things I Hate About Me synopsis, comments

    Ten Things I Hate About Me

    Joe Tracini

    'This is a remarkable book. The honesty is startling and potent' Dawn French 'You have to buy this book. I mean it. It's very funny and sad and utterly true. It's a lifesaver'Miri...

  • Mind on Fire synopsis, comments

    Mind on Fire

    Arnold Thomas Fanning

    Shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2019 '[A] painfully intense, courageous and gripping account of [Fanning's] journey to the underworld of madness and back. This is a brave a...

  • The Little Book of Self-care synopsis, comments

    The Little Book of Self-care

    Suzy Reading

    Selfcare is daily nourishment that gives us a fighting chance to minimize illness, fatigue, depression and anxiety. Central to the idea of selfcare is the idea that taking care of ...