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  • Matt Haig

    A follow-up to Matt Haig's internationally bestselling memoir, Reasons to Stay Alive, a broader look at how modern life feeds our anxiety, and how to live a better life. The societies we live in are increasingly making our minds ill, making it feel as though the way we live is engineered to make us unhappy. When Matt Haig developed panic disorder, anxiety, and depression as an adult, it took him a long time to work out the ways the external world could impact his mental health in both positive and negative ways. Notes on a Nervous Planet collects his observations, taking a look at how the various social, commercial and technological 'advancements' that have created the world we now live...read more

  • Matt Haig

    2018 Odyssey Honor 2018 ALSC Notable Children’s Recording Before there was Santa Claus, there was a young boy who believed in the impossible. . . . Lemony Snicket meets Elf in this warmhearted Christmas caper.   Eleven-year-old Nikolas—nicknamed “Christmas”—has received only one toy in his life: a doll carved out of a turnip. But he’s happy with his turnip doll, because it came from his parents, who love him. Then one day his father goes missing, and Nikolas must travel to the North Pole to save him.    Along the way, Nikolas befriends a surly reindeer, bests a troublesome troll, and discovers a hidden world of...read more

  • Matt Haig

    Like nearly one in five people, Matt Haig suffers from depression. Reasons to Stay Alive is his 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 (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. Haig'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....read more

  • Matt Haig

    The instant #1 international bestseller from the beloved author of How to Stop Time and The Humans The societies we are part of are increasingly making our minds ill. It very often feels that the way we live is almost engineered to make us unhappy. Whether it is our attitudes toward sleep, the marketing messages that inundate us daily, the constant and hysterical news cycle, social media or even the way we educate our children, we are programming ourselves to put our bodies and minds at odds and setting ourselves up with expectations for our lives that prevent our happiness. When Matt became ill with panic disorder, anxiety and depression, it took him a long time to...read more

  • Matt Haig

    '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, heart-stealing follow-up to A Boy Called Christmas.'—The New York Times   Amelia Wishart was the first child ever to receive a Christmas present. It was her Christmas spirit that gave Santa the extra boost of magic he needed to make his first trip around the world. But now Amelia is in trouble.   When her mother falls ill, she is sent to the workhouse to toil under cruel Mr. Creeper. For a whole year, Amelia scrubs the floors and eats watery gruel, without a whiff of kindness to keep her going....read more

  • Matt Haig

    An instant New York Times bestseller A GOOD MORNING AMERICA Book Club Pick! 'Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?'  A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time. Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story...read more

  • Matt Haig

    Als Matt Haig mit 24 Jahren urplötzlich krank wird, begreift er nicht, welch dunkle Macht da von ihm Besitz ergreift. Die Krankheit überfällt ihn auf so dramatische Art und Weise, dass sie ihn buchstäblich an den Abgrund bringt. Doch Haig entscheidet sich für das Leben - und für seine große Liebe Andrea. Er findet heraus, dass er nicht allein ist mit der Diagnose Depression, sondern dass Millionen Menschen auf der Welt sein Schicksal teilen. Schritt für Schritt arbeitet er sich zurück ans Licht und findet dort auch seinen Humor wieder. Eine berührende, witzige und mitreißende Hymne an das Leben und das...read more

  • Matt Haig

    The bestselling, award-winning author of The Radleys is back with his funniest, most devastating dark comedy yet, a “silly, sad, suspenseful, and soulful” (Philadelphia Inquirer) novel that’s “full of heart” (Entertainment Weekly). When an extra-terrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than positive. Taking the form of Professor Andrew Martin, a prominent mathematician at Cambridge University, the visitor is eager to complete the gruesome task assigned him and hurry home to his own utopian planet, where everyone is omniscient and immortal. He is disgusted by the way humans look, what they eat, their...read more

  • Matt Haig

    “A quirky romcom dusted with philosophical observations….A delightfully witty…poignant novel.” —The Washington Post    “She smiled a soft, troubled smile and I felt the whole world slipping away, and I wanted to slip with it, to go wherever she was going… I had existed whole years without her, but that was all it had been. An existence. A book with no words.” Tom Hazard has just moved back to London, his old home, to settle down and become a high school history teacher. And on his first day at school, he meets a captivating French teacher at his school who seems fascinated by him. But Tom has a dangerous secret. He may...read more

  • Matt Haig

    Eleven-year-old Philip Noble has a big problem. His dad has appeared to him as a member of the Dead Fathers Club, a club for 'ghost dads' whose murders are unavenged. His father's road accident, it turns out, was no accident at all. Uncle Alan is responsible for his dad's death, and if Philip doesn't succeed in killing his uncle before his dad's birthday, just ten weeks away, his dad's spirit will never rest. So begins Philip's quest to avenge his dad and to save his mum from the greasy clutches of Uncle Alan, who seems intent on taking his dad's place in their lives. But Philip finds himself both uneasy of his mission and distrustful of the ghost that claims to be his father. Plus, he's...read more

  • Matt Haig

    The story of a family in crisis and the loyal dog that holds them together, from the witty, imaginative author of The Dead Fathers Club. The Hunters-Adam, Kate, and their children Hal and Charlotte-are a typical family, with typical concerns: work, money, love, and the trials of adolescence. What sets them apart is Prince, their black labrador. Prince is an earnest and determined young dog. He strives to live up to the tenets of the Labrador Pact: Duty Over All. Other dogs, led by the springer spaniels, have revolted, but Prince takes his responsibilities seriously. As things in the Hunter family begin to go awry-marital breakdown, rowdy teenage parties, attempted suicide-he uses every...read more

  • Matt Haig

    This Alex Award-winning novel is 'irresistible...full of clever turns, darkly hilarious spins...Even if you're suffering from vampire fatigue...The Radleys is a fun, fresh contribution to the genre' (Associated Press). Just about everyone knows a family like the Radleys. Many of us grew up next door to one. They are a modern family, averagely content, averagely dysfunctional, living in a staid and quiet suburban English town. Peter is an overworked doctor whose wife, Helen, has become increasingly remote and uncommunicative. Rowan, their teenage son, is being bullied at school, and their anemic daughter, Clara, has recently become a vegan. They are typical, that is, save for one...read more

  • Matt Haig

    In order to stay human, Audrey has built a moat around herself; a moat of books, music and dreams. It makes her different from the echoes: the sophisticated, emotionless machines, built to resemble and work for the humans. Daniel is an echo - but he's not like the others. He has feelings he was never designed to have, and cannot explain. And when Audrey is placed in danger, he's determined to save...read more

  • Matt Haig

    Barney Willow thinks life couldn't get any worse. He's weedy, with sticky-out ears. Horrible Gavin Needle loves tormenting him. And worst of all, Dad has been missing for almost a year, and there's no sign of him ever coming home. Barney just wants to escape, and find another life. Being a cat, for example. A quiet, lazy cat. Things would be so much easier -...read more

  • Matt Haig

    If magic has a beginning, can it also have an end? When Amelia wants a wish to come true she knows just the man to ask—Father Christmas. But the magic she wants to believe in is starting to fade, and Father Christmas has things other than impossible wishes to worry about: upset elves, reindeer dropping out of the sky, angry trolls—and the chance that Christmas might be cancelled. Amelia isn’t just any ordinary girl, though. And as Father Christmas is going to find out, if he’s going to save Christmas, he might just need some help . ....read more

  • Matt Haig

    A novel about love, loss and living in the moment, from the bestselling author of The Humans. The first rule is that you don’t fall in love. There are other rules too, but that is the main one. No falling in love. No staying in love. No daydreaming of love. Because otherwise, of course, you slowly lose your mind . . . Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary forty-one-year-old, but he was born in 1581. Owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Shakespeare’s England to Jazz Age Paris to voyaging the Pacific alongside Captain Cook, Tom has seen a lot, and he now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom...read more

  • Matt Haig

    Amelia, das einstige Kaminkehrermädchen, lebt nun im Wichtelreich. Doch auch hier ist das Leben kein reines Honigschlecken: Als Menschenkind eckt sie überall an, die Wichtel tuscheln und die Schlittenschule will sie nicht als Schülerin aufnehmen. Da bricht eine Fehde zwischen den Wichteln und dem Kaninchenvolk wieder aus, die vor unvordenklichen Zeiten begann. Aufgewiegelt werden die Kaninchen von einem charismatischen Anführer, dem Osterhasen. Der will das Wichtelreich unterbuttern und Weihnachten zu einem zweitrangigen Fest zurückstufen. Aber nicht mit Amelia! Mit allen Mitteln der Phantasie kämpft sie darum, Weihnachten zu...read more

  • Matt Haig

    Die achtjährige Amelia hat viele sehnliche Wünsche an den Weihnachtsmann. Doch der hat gerade alle Hände voll zu tun. Eine finstere Trollverschwörung bedroht das Wichtelreich, Rentiere fallen vom Himmel und aufgeregte Elfen künden davon, dass der Weihnachtszauber immer schwächer wird. Wenn das so weitergeht, droht Weihnachten auszufallen! Doch Amelia ist kein gewöhnliches Mädchen. Und der Weihnachtsmann findet bald heraus, dass das Fest der Liebe nur mit der Hilfe dieses besonderen Waisenmädchens gerettet werden...read more

  • Matt Haig

    Wie war das eigentlich, als der Weihnachtsmann noch ein Kind war? Der kleine Nikolas wächst in großer Armut bei seinem Vater im Norden Finnlands auf. Er sammelt Beeren, spielt mit seiner Rübenpuppe und glaubt an das Gute in der Welt. Doch als der Vater ihn in die Obhut einer bösartigen alten Tante gibt, um das sagenhafte Elfenreich zu suchen, beginnt für ihn eine schwere Zeit. Nikolas beschließt, dem Vater zu folgen, und findet bald eine rote Mütze im Schnee, die er fortan nicht mehr absetzen wird. Eine zauberhafte Weihnachtsgeschichte, bevölkert von Elfen, Trollen und Rentieren, die uns davon erzählt, wie der Weihnachtsmann zum Weihnachtsmann wurde. Ungekürzte...read more

  • Matt Haig

    Between life and death there is a library.  When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change. The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But things aren’t always what she imagined they’d be, and soon her choices place the library and herself in extreme danger. Before time runs out, she must answer the ultimate question:...read more