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Matt Haig Reasons To Stay Alive

March 3, 201613 min
Like nearly one in five people, novelist Matt Haig suffers from depression. After contemplating suicide and very nearly killing himself, Matt Haig spent much of his twenties trying to return to normalcy. REASONS TO STAY ALIVE is Matt’s life-saving and inspirational memoir of how, minute by minute and day by day, he overcame the disease with the help of reading, writing, and the love of his parents and his girlfriend (and now-wife), Andrea. And eventually, he learned to appreciate life all the more for it. Everyone’s lives are touched by mental illness: if we do not suffer from it ourselves, then we have a friend or loved one who does. Matt’s frankness about his experiences is both inspiring to those who feel daunted by depression and illuminating to those who are mystified by it. Above all, his humor and encouragement never let us lose sight of hope. Speaking as his present self to his former self in the depths of depression, Matt is adamant that the oldest cliché is the truest—there

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