Matt Haig's positive, accessible, and life-saving memoir of his struggle with depression, and how his triumph over the illness taught him to live again.
When Matt Haig was 24 years old, he found himself at the edge of a cliff on the Spanish island of Ibiza, contemplating throwing himself off the edge. He had sunk to the lowest point anyone can sink - contemplating taking his own life. But he did not, and he spent the next few years trying to return to normal. Like nearly one in five people, Matt was experiencing the illness of depression. REASONS TO STAY ALIVE is Matt's touching and entirely relatable account of how he pulled himself from the grip of the disease and learned to love life with the help of reading, writing, and the care of his parents and his girlfriend (and now-wife) Andrea. There are many great books on depression, from William Stytron's DARKNESS VISIBLE to Andrew Solomon's THE NOONDAY DEMON. While they leave us enlightened, they tend to leave us in a darker mood. In REASONS TO STAY ALIVE, Matt looks at his experiences with the characteristic warmth and humor that won him fans in his novels THE DEAD FATHERS CLUB and THE RADLEYS. His frankness is illuminating to anyone who feels confused or daunted by depression, and he never lets the reader lose sight of hope. Above all, he wants us to remember that the oldest clichés are true: there is always light at the end of the tunnel, and there are always reasons to stay alive.
Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (February 23, 2016)
- ISBN-13: 978-0143128724