Reasons to Stay Alive


We recommend this…

if you, or someone you love, is having a mental-health crisis, or struggling with what feels like an insurmountable disappointment, failure or fall from grace.

A quick summary

A vivid account of falling down hard and being in dire straights for a long time, but coming back to life, health, joy, and love. Matt Haig writes so well on anxiety, on how it felt to have his mental health collapse catastrophically, and on the reality of healing and recovery (not a glib ‘everything is fine now’ but the complex, multi-sided reality). There are also plenty of bitesize sections, for anyone whose concentration is shot to pieces – you can dip in for 5 minutes and get something meaningful to digest.


Publisher’s description:


Aged 24, Matt Haig’s world caved in. He could see no way to go on living.

This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.

I wrote this book because the oldest cliches remain the truest. Time heals. The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven’t been able to see it… Words, just sometimes, really can set you free.

Additional information

Format Paperback
Weight 180 g
Dimensions 177 × 130 × 18 mm
ISBN 9781782116820


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