Reasons to Stay Alive

Reasons to Stay Alive

by Matt Haig


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Matt Haig’s accessible and life-affirming memoir of his struggle with depression, and how his triumph over the illness taught him to live.

From the author of How To Stop Time, coming February 2018 from Viking.

"Destined to become a modern classic." —Entertainment Weekly

Like nearly one in five people, Matt Haig suffers from depression. Reasons to Stay Alive is Matt’s inspiring account of how, minute by minute and day by day, he overcame the disease with the help of reading, writing, and the love of his parents and his girlfriend (and now-wife), Andrea. And eventually, he learned to appreciate life all the more for it.
Everyone’s lives are touched by mental illness: if we do not suffer from it ourselves, then we have a friend or loved one who does. Matt’s frankness about his experiences is both inspiring to those who feel daunted by depression and illuminating to those who are mystified by it. Above all, his humor and encouragement never let us lose sight of hope. Speaking as his present self to his former self in the depths of depression, Matt is adamant that the oldest cliché is the truest—there is light at the end of the tunnel. He teaches us to celebrate the small joys and moments of peace that life brings, and reminds us that there are always reasons to stay alive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143128724
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/23/2016
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,472
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Matt Haig is the internationally bestselling writer of six novels, including the forthcoming How To Stop Time. He has also written award-winning children’s books. His work has been translated into thirty languages. Reasons to Stay Alive, a bestseller in the UK since its publication, is his first work of nonfiction.

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Reasons to Stay Alive 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A daring look deep into the author's own battle with depression and anxiety. ~*~LEB~*~
Anonymous 7 months ago
Pretty accurate accounts of what it's like living with anxiety and clinical depression. Provides insight and some level of understanding if you or someone you know is struggling to get by. Great inter-mix of relevant and cultural references that make for a laugh. Although, the theme is not a lighthearted one Haig's approach to this topic is fresh and hopeful. May just save someone's life.
EB613 More than 1 year ago