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Matt Haig

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in Sheffield, The United Kingdom



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Matt Haig was born in Sheffield, England in1975. He writes books for both adults and children, often blending the worlds of domestic reality and outright fantasy, with a quirky twist. His bestselling novels are translated into 28 languages. The Guardian has described his writing as 'delightfully weird' and the New York Times has called him 'a novelist of great talent' whose writing is 'funny, riveting and heartbreaking'.

His novels for adults are The Last Family in England, narrated by a labrador and optioned for film by Brad Pitt; The Dead Fathers Club (2006), an update of Hamlet featuring an 11-year-old boy; The Possession of Mr Cave (2008), about a man obsessed with his daughter's safety, and The Radleys (2010) which won Channel 4's TV B

People should read books. Books are good.

But many are intimidated. One of the reasons people are put off reading is snobbery. You know, the snobbery that says opera and lacrosse and Pinot Noir and jazz fusion and quails' eggs and literary fiction are for certain types of people and them alone?

There is something innately snobby about the world of books. There is the snobbery of literary over gen... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on November 06, 2013 07:29 • 833 views • Tags: book-snobs, books, reading, snobbery, snobs
Average rating: 3.77 · 19,411 ratings · 3,796 reviews · 13 distinct works · Similar authors
The Humans
4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 8,924 ratings — published 2013 — 31 editions
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The Radleys
3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 6,126 ratings — published 2010 — 51 editions
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The Dead Fathers Club
3.27 of 5 stars 3.27 avg rating — 1,387 ratings — published 2006 — 21 editions
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Reasons to Stay Alive
4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 482 ratings — published 2015 — 3 editions
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Samuel Blink and the Forbid...
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 629 ratings — published 2006 — 25 editions
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The Labrador Pact
3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 705 ratings — published 2004 — 15 editions
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Echo Boy
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 246 ratings — published 2014 — 4 editions
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The Possession of Mr Cave
3.36 of 5 stars 3.36 avg rating — 292 ratings — published 2008 — 15 editions
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To Be A Cat
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 177 ratings — published 2012 — 9 editions
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 146 ratings — published 2008 — 11 editions
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"FINALLY! A book about depression that makes sense, that those with depression will read and sit nodding their heads and agreeing all the way through it. No psychobabble here (from Psychologists who have never experienced depression) - just real ra..." Read more of this review »
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“Humans, as a rule, don't like mad people unless they are good at painting, and only then once they are dead. But the definition of mad, on Earth, seems to be very unclear and inconsistent. What is perfectly sane in one era turns out to be insane in another. The earliest humans walked around naked with no problem. Certain humans, in humid rainforests mainly, still do so. So, we must conclude that madness is sometimes a question of time, and sometimes of postcode.

Basically, the key rule is, if you want to appear sane on Earth you have to be in the right place, wearing the right clothes, saying the right things, and only stepping on the right kind of grass.”
Matt Haig, The Humans

“Make sure, as often as possible, you are doing something you’d be happy to die doing.”
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“Advice for a human.

81. You can't find happiness looking for the meaning of life. Meaning is only the third most important thing. It comes after loving and being.

82. If you think something is ugly, look harder. Ugliness is just a failure of seeing.”
Matt Haig, The Humans


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Jeannie and Louis Rigod Matt, How kind of you to add us as friends here on Goodreads. We look forward to learning your reading likes and dislikes in the coming months.

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