Reasons To Stay Alive
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Artist: Matt Haig
Chaired by Sharon Claridge 

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.

           Matt says:

“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.”

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Matt Haig 

Matt suffered a breakdown in his early twenties. He now believes that reading and writing books saved his life, and that “in a world trying to increasingly isolate us from our environment and our true selves, books are our route to freedom, and to each other”. His novels include the bestsellers The Last Family in England, The Radleys and The Humans.

The Guardian summed up his writing as “funny, clever and quite, quite lovely”, while The Times and the New York Times called him "a writer of great talent.”


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