Books by Matt Haig

NOTES ON A NERVOUS PLANET by Matt Haig
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 12, 2019

"A somewhat repetitive but often wise and inspiring self-help title strengthened by the author's very personal experiences and acquired insight."
An anxiety-afflicted writer offers thoughtful tools for coping with our anxiety-provoking culture. Read full book review >
FATHER CHRISTMAS AND ME by Matt Haig
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Agenda wends its way throughout, but this Yuletide yarn often rises into the sparkling snowdrifts of fantasy. (Fantasy. 7-12)"
It turns out that living with Father Christmas isn't all cloudberry pie and jolly elves. Read full book review >
HOW TO STOP TIME by Matt Haig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An engaging story framed by a brooding meditation on time and meaning."
In this new novel by Haig (Reasons to Stay Alive, 2016), a man of extraordinarily long life deals with a painfully ordinary question: what is it we live for? Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS by Matt Haig
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"With a little bit of naughty and a lot of nice, this Christmastime yarn is a veritable sugarplum. (Fantasy. 6-13)"
Orphaned chimney sweep Amelia loses everything, including hope, leaving Christmas in dire jeopardy. Read full book review >
A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS by Matt Haig
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Like stockings hung by the fire, this spellbinding opus may well become a yuletide tradition. (Fantasy. 6-13)"
Young Nikolas has a grand adventure while discovering his magical destiny as Father Christmas. Read full book review >
REASONS TO STAY ALIVE by Matt Haig
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"A vibrant, encouraging depiction of a sinister disorder."
A British novelist turns to autobiography to report the manifold symptoms and management of his debilitating disease, depression. Read full book review >
THE HUMANS by Matt Haig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2013

"A saccharine novel."
A fish-out-of water mashup where the water is Earth, and the fish is an extraterrestrial. Read full book review >
TO BE A CAT by Matt Haig
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2013

"Simultaneously predictable and quirky, this will likely appeal to the author's fans but may not attract new readers. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
This offbeat tale offers an uneasy mix of magical transformation, violence and bullying, and the dreary misery of family dysfunction. Read full book review >
THE POSSESSION OF MR. CAVE by Matt Haig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2009

"A bad book from a good writer who needs a new subject."
A history of grievous family losses transforms a mild-mannered antiques dealer into a judgmental "fascist" (his daughter's word) in British author Haig's latest novel. Read full book review >
SAMUEL BLINK AND THE RUNAWAY TROLL by Matt Haig
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

When their new school starts, Samuel and Martha Blink have trouble keeping secret everything they learned about the Shadow Forest near their aunt and uncle's home (Samuel Blink and the Forbidden Forest, 2007). But things get worse when the Troll child Samuel met in the Forest decides to flee to Samuel's house rather than spend a week with the evil Betterer. Samuel and Martha are both courageous and quick-witted enough to hide their surprise guest, and, eventually, to thwart both Mr. Myklebust, who would like to develop the forest into a theme park, and the Betterer, who would like to keep both Samuel and Troll-Son forever. The action moves quickly, in short chapters occasionally interrupted by authorial commentary. While this sequel follows directly from the previous story, a neatly placed "What I Did Last Summer" essay serves as a summary, allowing this volume to stand alone. Well-paced suspense, sympathetic (or satisfyingly wicked) characters and a lovingly described Norwegian setting make this an above-average fantasy, and readers will be hoping for more. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
THE LABRADOR PACT by Matt Haig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2008

"By no means a failure, but Aesop and Orwell did it better."
A faithful family friend gives his all for "his" human family in this modern beast fable, another revisionist romp from the British author of The Dead Fathers Club (2007). Read full book review >
SAMUEL BLINK AND THE FORBIDDEN FOREST by Matt Haig
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2007

No one does what 12-year-old Samuel Blink tells them to. Not his parents, killed by falling logs although he told them to stop their car. Not his grieving sister, who walks off into the forest near their Aunt Eda's house, although it was explicitly forbidden. The forest, in a remote part of Norway, had already taken their uncle. It's filled with evil creatures, including trolls, truth pixies, huldres and worse. Samuel finds a book describing them in the (also forbidden) attic of his aunt's home. Naturally, he has to follow his sister. Also naturally, he discovers the forest's secrets and the role of the Changemaker, Professor Horatio Tanglewood, who wrote the book. But it takes some adult help and a timely javelin throw to make things right again. The author's love for the Norwegian setting is evident. A table of contents, intriguing chapter names and occasional authorial warnings add interest. Solid middle-grade adventure with fantasy elements, this would be good even for able young readers who can stomach the early unfortunate event. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
THE DEAD FATHERS CLUB by Matt Haig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2007

"We now owe another debt to Shakespeare, and one to Haig, for re-imagining a tragic masterpiece with such wit, force and—yes—originality."
Literary influence is neatly reconfigured in the English author's second novel (after The Last Family in England, 2005), in which an 11-year-old schoolboy is commanded to seek revenge by the ghost of his murdered father. Read full book review >