Notes on a Nervous Planet

Matt Haig

We need to carve out a place in time for ourselves . . . Where we can just breathe, just be, just bathe in the simple animal contentment of being, and not crave anything except what we already have: life itself
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Available as Hardback, eBook, Downloadable audio

5 July 2018

The follow-up to the number one Sunday Times bestseller Reasons to Stay Alive

The world is messing with our minds.
Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected, yet feel more alone. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index.
– How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad?
– How do we stay human in a technological world?
– How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious?

After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig. And he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him. Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the twenty-first century.

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“Beautiful, honest and wise”
Fearne Cotton

“Take Notes on a Nervous Planet twice daily, with or without food. The book is crammed with wisdom, insight, love and wit”
Stephen Fry

“A primer for how to live in the present moment. This book will find grateful readers everywhere”
Nigella Lawson

“A warm, generous, profound book about the complications of modern humanity. Haig is one of the most important writers of our time”
Dolly Alderton

Matt Haig

Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and six highly acclaimed novels for adults, including How to Stop Time, The Humans and The Radleys. He has also written books for children and has won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and been shortlisted three times for the Carnegie Medal. He has sold more than a million books in the UK and his work has been translated into over forty languages.
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“A Note on Wanting”: enjoy this early preview of Matt Haig’s Notes on a Nervous Planet, the follow-up to number one bestseller Reasons to Stay Alive. From the audiobook, read by the author.

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