Reasons to Stay Alive
One of Entertainment Weekly's 25 most anticipated books of 2016—Matt Haig’s accessible and life-affirming memoir of his struggle with depression, and how his triumph over the illness taught him to live Like nearly one in five people, Matt Haig suffers from depression. Reasons to Stay Alive is... show more
One of Entertainment Weekly's 25 most anticipated books of 2016—Matt Haig’s accessible and life-affirming memoir of his struggle with depression, and how his triumph over the illness taught him to live Like nearly one in five people, Matt Haig suffers from depression. Reasons to Stay Alive is Matt’s inspiring account 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 is light at the end of the tunnel. He teaches us to celebrate the small joys and moments of peace that life brings, and reminds us that there are always reasons to stay alive.
Publish date: 2016-02-23
Publisher: Penguin Books , London
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
This book is perfect for those who have depressive/anxious friends and can't seem to understand them. The 'reasons' in themselves are commonsense.
It took me a few weeks to cogitate on what I was going to write for this review. A large chunk of Haig's writing is an attempt to explain to the reader just what it is like to have clinical depression; what it feels like and how it affects the day to day life. We humans might have evolved too far...
Yes, but Kindle. Not sure why though.
A fuller review MAY follow but my initial reactions to this book, just after finishing it, you can find here. It is ironic (is that the right word I wonder?) that the author who gave me my first reason to stay alive, at a time when I struggled to find one - with his previous novel, The Humans - ...