Best Selling Books by Matt Haig

Matt Haig is the author of Reasons to Stay Alive (2016), The Comfort Book (2021), The Humans (2014), How to Stop Time (2018), Notes on a Nervous Planet (2019) and other 58 books.

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Reasons to Stay Alive

release date: Feb 23, 2016
Reasons to Stay Alive
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library. "Destined to become a modern classic." —Entertainment Weekly WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FEEL TRULY ALIVE? At the age of 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 clichés 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."

The Comfort Book

release date: Jul 06, 2021
The Comfort Book
An instant New York Times Bestseller! The new uplifting book from Matt Haig, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library, for anyone in search of hope, looking for a path to a more meaningful life, or in need of a little encouragement. Named by The Washington Post as one of the best feel-good books of 2021. “It is a strange paradox, that many of the clearest, most comforting life lessons are learnt while we are at our lowest. But then we never think about food more than when we are hungry and we never think about life rafts more than when we are thrown overboard.” THE COMFORT BOOK is Haig’s life raft: it’s a collection of notes, lists, and stories written over a span of several years that originally served as gentle reminders to Haig’s future self that things are not always as dark as they may seem. Incorporating a diverse array of sources from across the world, history, science, and his own experiences, Haig offers warmth and reassurance, reminding us to slow down and appreciate the beauty and unpredictability of existence.

The Humans

release date: Aug 12, 2014
The Humans
Regarding humans unfavorably upon arriving on Earth, a reluctant extraterrestrial assumes the identity of a Cambridge mathematician before realizing that there''s more to the human race than he suspected.

How to Stop Time

release date: Feb 06, 2018
How to Stop Time
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library. “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 look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he''s been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history--performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life. Unfortunately for Tom, the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: Never fall in love. As painful memories of his past and the erratic behavior of the Society''s watchful leader threaten to derail his new life and romance, the one thing he can''t have just happens to be the one thing that might save him. Tom will have to decide once and for all whether to remain stuck in the past, or finally begin living in the present. How to Stop Time tells a love story across the ages—and for the ages—about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live. It is a bighearted, wildly original novel about losing and finding yourself, the inevitability of change, and how with enough time to learn, we just might find happiness. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Notes on a Nervous Planet

release date: Jan 29, 2019
Notes on a Nervous Planet
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library. The world is messing with our minds. What if there was something we could do about it? Looking at sleep, news, social media, addiction, work and play, Matt Haig invites us to feel calmer, happier and to question the habits of the digital age. This book might even change the way you spend your precious time on earth.

To Be a Cat

release date: Jun 10, 2014
To Be a Cat
Twelve-year-old Barney Willow gets his wish to be a cat but soon discovers that not all felines are cute and cuddly--some are downright evil--and his life is in grave danger, but his missing father may be able to help.

A Boy Called Christmas

release date: Nov 01, 2016
A Boy Called Christmas
Before there was Santa Claus, there was a young boy who believed in the impossible. . . . Lemony Snicket meets Klaus 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 enchantment in the frozen village of Elfhelm. But the elves of Elfhelm have troubles of their own: Christmas spirit and goodwill are at an all-time low, and Nikolas may be the only person who can fix things—if only he can reach his father before it’s too late. . . . Sparkling with wit and warmth, A Boy Called Christmas is a cheeky new Christmas classic-in-the-making from acclaimed author Matt Haig and illustrator Chris Mould. "Irresistibly readable. Destined to become a Christmas and anytime-before-or-after-Christmas classic!" --Chris Grabenstein, New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello''s Library “The definitive (and funny) history of ho, ho, ho! My children loved it.” —Yann Martel, bestselling author of Life of Pi “The most evergreen, immortal Christmas story to be published for decades.” —Stephen Fry "Humorous and heartfelt, A Boy Called Christmas will grow your heart three sizes and make you believe in magic." --Liesl Shurtliff, New York Times bestselling author of Rump "Matt Haig has an empathy for the human condition, the light and the dark of it, and he uses the full palette to build his excellent stories.”—Neil Gaiman, Newbery-winning author of The Graveyard Book

The Midnight Library

release date: Sep 29, 2020
The Midnight Library
The #1 New York Times bestselling WORLDWIDE phenomenon Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction | A Good Morning America Book Club Pick | Independent (London) Ten Best Books of the Year "A feel-good book guaranteed to lift your spirits."—The Washington Post The dazzling reader-favorite about the choices that go into a life well lived, from the acclaimed author of How To Stop Time and The Comfort Book. Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better? In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig''s enchanting blockbuster novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

The Radleys

release date: Sep 20, 2011
The Radleys
Struggling with overwork and parenting angst, English village doctor Peter Radley endeavors to hide his family''s vampire nature until their daughter''s oddly satisfying act of violence reveals the truth, an event that is complicated by the arrival of a practicing vampire family member.

Shadow Forest

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Shadow Forest
Samuel Blink is the hero of this story, but he doesn''t know it yet. Right now, he and his sister Martha are in the back of his parents car. He has no idea a giant log is about to fall from the sky and change his life forever.

The Dead Fathers Club

release date: Jan 04, 2018
The Dead Fathers Club
FROM THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR Philip Noble is an eleven-year-old in crisis. His pub landlord father has died in a road accident, and his mother is succumbing to the greasy charms of her dead husband''s brother, Uncle Alan. The remaining certainties of Philip''s life crumble away when his father''s ghost appears in the pub and declares Uncle Alan murdered him. Arming himself with weapons from the school chemistry cupboard, Philip vows to carry out the ghost''s relentless demands for revenge. But can the words of a ghost be trusted any more than the lies of the living?

Humans: An A-Z

release date: Apr 03, 2014
Humans: An A-Z
DO YOU A) Know a human? B) Love a human? C) Have trouble dealing with humans? IF YOU''VE ANSWERED YES TO ANY OF THE ABOVE, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU Whether you are planning a high level of human interaction or just a casual visit to the planet, this user-guide to the human race will help you translate their sayings, understand exotic concepts such as ''democracy'' and ''sofas'', and make sense of their habits and bizarre customs. A phrase book, a dictionary and a survival guide, this book unravels all the oddness, idiosyncrasies and wonder of the species, allowing everyone to make the most of their time on Earth.

Mobile Marketing

release date: Jan 01, 2002
Mobile Marketing
Mobile marketing [using SMS - the short messaging service to send text messages via mobile phones] is emerging as a direct and powerful way to communicate with customers. This is the first book devoted exclusively to exploring the potential of this new medium.

The Possession of Mr. Cave

release date: Mar 19, 2009
The Possession of Mr. Cave
A "chilling, riveting, heartbreaking" (The New York Times Book Review) novel of parental turmoil, from Matt Haig, the New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library and How to Stop Time. Terence Cave, owner of Cave Antiques, has already experienced the dual tragedies of his mother''s suicide and his wife''s murder when his teenage son, Reuben, is killed in a grotesque accident. His remaining child, Bryony, has always been the family''s golden girl and Terence comes to realise that his one duty in life is to "protect" her from the world''s dark forces. But as he starts to follow his grieving daughter''s movements and enforce a draconian set of rules, his love for Bryony becomes a possessive force that leads to destruction. The Possession of Mr. Cave is a chilling investigation into the relationship between adults and teenagers -- and a captivating, tautly paced story that chronicles one man''s descent into madness.

The Truth Pixie

release date: Oct 18, 2018
The Truth Pixie
From number one bestselling author Matt Haig comes a hilarious and heartwarming story, brilliantly illustrated throughout by Chris Mould Wherever she is, whatever the day, She only has one kind of thing to say. Just as cats go miaow and cows go moo, The Truth Pixie can only say things that are true. A very funny and lovable tale of how one special pixie learned to love herself. The Truth Pixie is an enchanting, rhyming story that will delight younger readers – with words by the bestselling mastermind Matt Haig and pictures by the inky genius Chris Mould.

The Labrador Pact

release date: Feb 28, 2008
The Labrador Pact
The story of a family in crisis and the loyal dog that holds them together, from the author of How To Stop Time and Reasons to Stay Alive. "Matt Haig has an empathy for the human condition, the light and the dark of it, and he uses the full palette to build his excellent stories." —Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods Meet Prince, the canine narrator of this tragi-comic tale of family life. As with all Labradors, he has devoted his entire existence to preserving the happiness and security of his human masters. Not that his human masters realise this, of course. After all, when the Hunter family rescued him, they had no idea that they were the ones who were really being saved. But as events unfold Prince realises he’s got his work cut out. The trouble is that while he has no problem in remembering his duty, the Hunters themselves seem to have greater difficulty remembering theirs. Of particular concern is Adam Hunter, who forgets his responsibilities as a father and husband when he becomes sexually attracted to a young and flirtatious aromatherapist. Then there’s Kate, Adam’s wife. As Prince watches her increasingly neurotic behaviour he detects something is wrong and decides to sniff out the source of the trouble. What he eventually discovers is a treacherous secret that could tear Adam, Kate, and their two children apart. The Labrador Pact explores the hidden dangers of family life from the perspective of the only family member who gets to see everything – the knee-high, four-legged observer in the corner of the room. Through Prince’s eyes (and nose) we come to realise the secrets which hold families together and which, once dug up, can lead to their destruction.

The Possession of Mr Cave

release date: Jun 07, 2018
The Possession of Mr Cave
FROM THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR Terence Cave, owner of Cave Antiques, has already experienced the tragedies of his mother''s suicide and his wife''s murder when his teenage son, Reuben, is killed in a grotesque accident. His remaining child, Bryony, has always been the family''s golden girl and Terence comes to realise that his one duty in life is to protect her from the world''s malign forces, whatever that may take. But as he starts to follow his grieving daughter''s movements and enforce a draconian set of rules, his love for Bryony becomes a possessive force that leads to destruction.

The Last Family in England

release date: Jan 04, 2018
The Last Family in England
FROM THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR Meet the Hunter family: Adam, Kate, and their children Hal and Charlotte. And Prince, their Labrador. Prince is an earnest young dog, striving hard to live up to the tenets of the Labrador Pact (Remain Loyal to Your Human Masters, Serve and Protect Your Family at Any Cost). Other dogs, led by the Springer Spaniels, have revolted. As things in the Hunter family begin to go badly awry – marital breakdown, rowdy teenage parties, attempted suicide – Prince’s responsibilities threaten to overwhelm him and he is forced to break the Labrador Pact and take desperate action to save his Family.

Father Christmas and Me

release date: Nov 06, 2018
Father Christmas and Me
A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS—SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Let the battle for Christmas begin . . . It isn’t always easy, growing up as a human in Elfhelm, even if your adoptive parents are the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas. For one thing, elf school can be annoying when you have to sing Christmas songs every day—even in July—and when you fail all your toy-making tests. Also, it can get very, very cold. When a very jealous Easter Bunny and his Rabbit Army launch an attack to stop Christmas, it’s up to Amelia, her new family and the elves to keep Christmas alive. Before it’s too late . . .

Evie and the Animals

release date: Jun 06, 2019
Evie and the Animals
WHEN EVIE TALKS TO ANIMALS . . . THEY TALK BACK. Eleven-year-old Evie has a talent: a supertalent. She can HEAR what animals are thinking. She promises to keep it top secret, but then an evil pet-thief strikes. Every animal in town is in danger and only by DARING TO BE HERSELF can Evie save her furry and feathered friends.

A Mouse Called Miika

release date: Nov 09, 2021
A Mouse Called Miika
Ratatouille meets Roald Dahl in the funny and fantastical story of a determined mouse on a mission to procure the world''s tastiest cheese. From the author of A Boy Called Christmas–now a Netflix movie starring Kristen Wiig, Maggie Smith and Henry Lawfull! When Nikolas left the only home he had ever known, it was a mouse named Miika who kept him company, and it was Miika who accompanied him on his journey to the Far North, in search of his father. But before the events of A Boy Called Christmas, this little mouse was the hero of his own story. A Mouse Called Miika is an epic adventure story on a miniature scale. It''s a tale of mice and men (and more mice). It is about one independent mouse who gets fed up with the other mice, and sets out on a quest of his own to prove that cheese exists, and learns to appreciate other creatures. It is also a tale of great love (of cheese) and great danger. And learning the lesson that, with cheese, as with life, what matters most is not how strongly you smell, but how strong you are on the inside. Funny, cheeky, wise, and packed full of Matt Haig''s signature warmth. This is set to become a year-round children''s favorite.

The Girl Who Saved Christmas

release date: Oct 31, 2017
The Girl Who Saved Christmas
"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. It’s not long before her hope begins to drain away. Meanwhile, up at the North Pole, magic levels dip dangerously low as Christmas approaches, and Santa knows that something is gravely wrong. With the help of his trusty reindeer, a curious cat, and Charles Dickens, he sets out to find Amelia, the only girl who might be able to save Christmas. But first Amelia must learn to believe again. . . . “Matt Haig has an empathy for the human condition, the light and the dark of it, and he uses the full palette to build his excellent stories.” —Neil Gaiman, Newbery-winning author of The Graveyard Book "With a little bit of naughty and a lot of nice, this Christmastime yarn is a veritable sugarplum." —Kirkus Reviews

Brand Failures

release date: Jan 01, 2005
Brand Failures
It''s not just smaller, lesser-known companies that have launched dud brands. On the contrary, most of the world''s global giants have launched new products that have flopped - spectacularly and at great cost. Haig organizes these 100 ""failures"" into ten types which include classic failures (e.g., New Coke), idea failures (e.g., R.J.Reynolds'' smokeless cigarettes), extension failures (e.g. Harley Davidson perfume), culture failures (e.g., Kellogs in India), and technology failures (e.g., Pets.com).

Brand Royalty

release date: Jan 01, 2006
Brand Royalty
More than simply a comprehensive collection of brand success stories, this text will also help businesses and students to easily identify the factors behind these successes, and to place them into a broader business and social context.

Evie in the Jungle

release date: Feb 27, 2020
Evie in the Jungle
A TRULY WILD ADVENTURE! Twelve-year-old Evie has a talent. She can HEAR what animals are thinking and she can TALK to them with her mind. When Evie goes on a trip to the Amazon rainforest, her powers are put to the test. She makes friends with pink river dolphins, must save an injured sloth, and discovers the secret life of a jaguar. Soon she sees that the jungle is in serious and deadly danger, and comes up with a rather risky plan to help save it . . . A brilliant new story from bestselling author Matt Haig, featuring Evie from Evie and the Animals and with illustrations by the award-winning Emily Gravett.

E-PR

release date: Jan 01, 2000
E-PR
A study of the theory and practice of public relations on the Internet. It offers comprehensive advice on every aspect from understanding the difference between real world and virtual publics to PR tricks and techniques that attract new customers and keep the old ones coming back. It features well-known cases and quotes from the founders of successful Web sites.

How Come You Don't Have an E-strategy?

release date: Jan 01, 2002
How Come You Don't Have an E-strategy?
While taking account of the more cautious e-business climate, Matt Haig challenges his readers with his contention that a well thought-out e-strategy is no longer a luxury but a necessity. In this guide he puts the emphasis on cost-effectiveness and aims to give realistic advice that is relevant to both small and large businesses. The work takes the reader through the key stages in developing a plan for using the Internet for competitive advantage and growth based on the company''s goals, objectives, competitive environment and culture. Taking a global perspective, this guide not only shows businesses how to attract global online audiences but also includes lots of real-life global case studies and opinion.

Samuel Blink and the Runaway Troll

release date: Sep 04, 2008
Samuel Blink and the Runaway Troll
When Troll-Son runs away from home, he decides to leave the Shadow Forest behind and move in with his idol, Samuel Blink. Samuel isn''t thrilled with the idea of hiding a runaway troll, especially one who copies everything he does, even (ugh!) using his toothbrush. But should Samuel return Troll-Son to the Shadow Forest? After all, he''s running from something . . . what danger still lurks there? This engaging adventure showcases Matt Haig''s wry sense of humor, drawing readers deeper into the imaginative world introduced in Samuel Blink and the Forbidden Forest.

A Boy Called Christmas Movie Tie-In Edition

release date: Nov 02, 2021
A Boy Called Christmas Movie Tie-In Edition
Roald Dahl meets Elf in this warmhearted Christmas caper about the boy who would one day be Santa Claus, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Kristen Wiig, Maggie Smith and Henry Lawfull! 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 enchantment in the frozen village of Elfhelm. But the elves of Elfhelm have troubles of their own: Christmas spirit and goodwill are at an all-time low, and Nikolas may be the only person who can fix things--if only he can reach his father before it''s too late. . . . Sparkling with wit and warmth, A Boy Called Christmas is a Christmas classic-in-the-making from acclaimed author Matt Haig and illustrator Chris Mould.

The Truth Pixie Goes to School

release date: Aug 01, 2019
The Truth Pixie Goes to School
The sequel to the Sunday Times bestseller The Truth Pixie; an uplifting, illustrated story about beating back-to-school nerves

Samuel Blink and the Forbidden Forest

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Samuel Blink and the Forbidden Forest
Accompanied by his aunt''s Norwegian elkhound, Ibsen, twelve-year-old Samuel ventures into a weird forest filled with strange and dangerous creatures to rescue his younger sister, Martha, who has been mute since their parents'' recent death.
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