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The Comfort Book [9781786898296]

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Reflections on hope, survival and the messy miracle of being alive.

Nothing is stronger than a small hope that doesn't give up.

The Comfort Book is a collection of little islands of hope. It gathers consolations and stories that give new ways of seeing ourselves and the world.

Matt Haig's mix of philosophy, memoir and self-reflection builds on the wisdom of philosophers and survivors through the ages, from Marcus Aurelius to Nellie Bly, Emily Dickinson to James Baldwin.

This is the book to pick up when you need the wisdom of a friend, the comfort of a hug or a reminder that hope comes from unexpected places.


Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of two non-fiction books, Reasons to Stay Alive and Notes on a Nervous Planet as well as seven novels for adults, including The Midnight Library, How to Stop Time and The Humans.

Haig also writes award-winning books for children, including A Boy Called Christmas, which has been made into a feature film for 2021 with an all-star cast. He has sold more than two million books in the UK and his work has been translated into over forty languages.

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July '21

"The Comfort Book' is a hug in book form.
Written straight after 'The Midnight Library' - and even though it's non fiction - Matt says that 'The Comfort Book' follows on from it (kind of). Combining memoir, maxims and meditation, this is Matt's inspiring collection which helped him get through some bad days - and it's sure to help us too.
Quite simply, this is a book we all need right now."

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    Bought as a present....

    Posted by john grey on 31st Jul 2021

    Having read a couple of Matt Haig’s books, I thought this might be a good choice for a friend’s birthday present. Apparently that was a good decision as my friend find it helpful, approachable and, as the title says, comforting!

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