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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...more

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 • 379 views • Tags: book-snobs, books, reading, snobbery, snobs
Average rating: 3.65 · 12,266 ratings · 2,630 reviews · 15 distinct works · Similar authors
The Radleys
3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 5,404 ratings — published 2010 — 46 editions
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The Humans
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 4,353 ratings — published 2013 — 25 editions
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The Dead Fathers Club
3.28 of 5 stars 3.28 avg rating — 1,220 ratings — published 2006 — 19 editions
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Samuel Blink and the Forbid...
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 527 ratings — published 2006 — 24 editions
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The Labrador Pact
3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 592 ratings — published 2004 — 14 editions
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The Possession of Mr Cave
3.37 of 5 stars 3.37 avg rating — 234 ratings — published 2008 — 15 editions
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 117 ratings — published 2008 — 11 editions
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To Be A Cat
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 116 ratings — published 2012 — 8 editions
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Echo Boy
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 88 ratings — published 2014 — 3 editions
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Grimms' Fairy Tales
4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 105,172 ratings — published 1812 — 779 editions
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Shadow Forest (2 books)
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" Very odd mystery about what is a human. Martin, a mathematician, has discovered something that will move the human race forward. However aliens are sure humans are not really for the move forward because of our violent tendencies. An alien comes t... " Read more of this review »
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" What a lovely, thought-provoking and fun read. "
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" Wow, what a lovely gem of a book. Reflecting the oddities of the human race through the eyes of an alien. I don't want to add more than that to avoid spoilers but I heartily recommend it. "
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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

“Vampire? Such a provocative word, wrapped in too many clichés and girly novels.”
Matt Haig, The Radleys

“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


MARCH SCIENCE FICTION: This poll decides which two books will go on to the run-off poll for the March 2014 SF Book-of-the-month.

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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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