Now you can collect a stunning rare collectible book by author Matt Haig. Reasons to Stay Alive is a brilliant book by the winner of the Nestle Book Prize Gold Award (previous winners include JK Rowling, Quentin Blake, Michael Rosen, Lauren Child). These books have been signed, lined, dated, doodled and numbered at the authors home. And the film rights have already sold.

Recently there has been somewhat of a media frenzy surrounding his books by none other than Stephen Fry. The International Publishing Rights have been sold for several of his books and now they have been translated into 30 languages!

Reasons to Stay Alive is already a huge hit - so start your collection now!


"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)


"Matt Haig uses words like a tin-opener. We are the tin" (JEANETTE WINTERSON)


"Thoughtful, honest and incredibly insightful" (JENNY COLGAN)


"Brilliant and salutary . . . should be on prescription" (REV. RICHARD COLES)


"Matt Haig is astounding" (STEPHEN FRY)


"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)


"Warm and engaging, and shot through with humour . . . a valuable contribution to the conversation" (Sunday Times)


"Quite simply brilliant" (Bookmunch)


"I feel like someone else in the world understands me now. I feel a bit less alone, a bit less scared, a bit less guilty and anxious and burdened" (Little White Library)


"A heart-breaking account of a young man experiencing debilitating depression but comes with a surprising light touch" (Sunday Mail)


"The amount of passages I've underlined is a real testament to his skills as a writer" (The White Journal)


"A life-affirming and quietly joyful read" (Connaught Telegraph)


"A tender, candid, inspiring book about depression" (Sunday Express)

Book Description

Warm, witty, honest and human, this book is a manifesto for staying alive, whatever your demons

About the Author

Matt Haig is the author of five adult novels including the bestselling The Humans, a World Book Night

title in 2014, and The Radleys, which was selected for Channel 4's TV Book Club and was voted winner of the series in 2011. He has also written for children and young adults and his work has been translated into thirty languages.



Matt Haig suffered a breakdown in his early twenties. After battling depression for a long while he turned to writing. He now believes that reading and writing books saved his life, and believes that 'in a world trying to increasingly isolate us from our environment and our true selves, books are our route to freedom, and to each other'. His novels include the bestsellers The Last Family in England, The Radleys and The Humans. His books have been translated into 30 languages. All his novels for adults have been optioned for film. He has also written novels for children, including Shadow Forest, To Be A Cat and the new YA novel Echo Boy. His next book is about his experience of depression, called Reasons To Stay Alive.


He won the TV Book Club 'book of the series', and has been shortlisted for a Specsavers National Book Award. The Humans has been chosen as a 2014 World Book Night title. His children's novels have won the Smarties Gold Medal, the Blue Peter Book of the Year, been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and nominated for the Carnegie Medal three times.


His books have received praise from Jeanette Winterson, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Ian Rankin and SJ Watson, among others. The Guardian summed up his writing as 'funny, clever and quite, quite lovely' by The Times and the New York Times called him 'a writer of great talent'.


Product details

  • First Edition First Printing

  • Hardcover: 272 pages

  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (5 Mar. 2015)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1782115080

  • ISBN-13: 978-1782115083

  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.7 x 18.4 cm


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