Matt Haig

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Book Recommendation: ‘The Comfort Book’ by Matt Haig

Recommended by Dawn Taylor, Technical Services, Acquisitions, Cataloger, Door County Library. Do you ever find an author you like and then read everything written by that author? I’ve been doing this with Matt Haig. You might have read his recent and popular speculative-fiction novel, The Midnight Library. But unlike...
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All Our Possible Lives: On Sylvia Plath, Matt Haig, and the Female Suicide Narrative

Matt Haig’s latest novel, The Midnight Library, has spent 40 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list since its publication in September 2020. The novel focuses on Nora Seed, a young woman living in her hometown of Bedford, England, who thinks she has nothing to live for. She decides to die by suicide but ends up in the Midnight Library, a space “between life and death” that is filled with endless books containing infinite, alternate lives. Nora is met by her former librarian, Mrs. Elm, who acts as her Virgil-esque guide as she explores dozens of these lives, all while gaining a new perspective on her original “root life.”
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Matt Haig recommends 6 books that offer solace

Matt Haig is the best-selling author of the novel The Midnight Library and this summer's The Comfort Book, a collection of aphorisms, lists, quotations, and stories. Below, he recommends other books that offer wisdom or solace in difficult times. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke (1929). This...
Boston Globe

Matt Haig on finding comfort in books of all kinds

Matt Haig, the author of the best-selling “The Midnight Library,” a novel in which a deeply despondent young woman happens on a magical archive of the many routes her life could have taken, now offers readers more inspiration and hope in a confusing time with his essays in his just published “The Comfort Book.” The prolific British author lives in Brighton, England, with his wife and two children.

What's in a Page: Matt Haig reflects on The Midnight Library phenomenon

Last fall, Matt Haig captivated readers with The Midnight Library, a supernatural novel following protagonist Nora as she discovers a library wherein each book represents a different life she could have lived. (Imagine the literary version of Arrival meeting that really eerie bookshelf in Interstellar.) The book was a Good Morning America pick and a New York Times best-seller, among other accolades. Now, as the author prepares to launch his next title — The Comfort Book, a collection of notes and lists that offer reassurance to readers — he answers EW's burning book questions about the phenomenon that was The Midnight Library.

Matt Haig On Holding On To Hope In The Face Of Uncertainty

Words have healing powers. The right words, at the right time, can save someone’s life. I can remember, in the middle of suicidal despair, flicking through a dictionary of quotations my gran had bought me. One quote in particular stood out, from the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke: ‘Let everything happen to you. Beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.’
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Matt Haig: ‘I have never written a book that will be more spoofed or hated’

If you peer down the hill from Matt Haig’s immaculate townhouse in Brighton, you can see the sea, which today is shimmeringly blue under a hot sun. “We bought the house for that view,” he says as he answers the door, which is painted turquoise. Bright, alive, vibrant. Haig – novelist, self-help guru, periodic endurer of depression and anxiety – needs these colours, that view, this sun, even the statement-making front door.

Likely Stories : The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig

I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Betcha’ thought I’d run out of novels set in Libraries and bookstores! Well, here is a story of love and depression. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig is just what the book reviewer ordered. Matt is the author of the internationally bestselling memoirs Reason to Stay Alive, along with five novels, including How to Stop Time, as well as several award-winning children’s books. Somehow, I felt this novel was going to speak to me.
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Matt Haig Performs a Passage from The Midnight Library

Storybound is a radio theater program designed for the podcast age. Hosted by Jude Brewer and with original music composed for each episode, the podcast features the voices of today’s literary icons reading their essays, poems, and fiction. On the third episode of the fourth season, Matt Haig reads an...