Notes on a Nervous Planet (Paperback)

By Matt Haig

Penguin Books, 9780143133421, 304pp.

Publication Date: January 29, 2019

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Description

A follow-up to Matt Haig's internationally bestselling memoir, Reasons to Stay Alive, a broader look at how modern life feeds our anxiety, and how to live a better life.

The societies we live in are increasingly making our minds ill, making it feel as though the way we live is engineered to make us unhappy. When Matt Haig developed panic disorder, anxiety, and depression as an adult, it took him a long time to work out the ways the external world could impact his mental health in both positive and negative ways. Notes on a Nervous Planet collects his observations, taking a look at how the various social, commercial and technological "advancements" that have created the world we now live in can actually hinder our happiness. Haig examines everything from broader phenomena like inequality, social media, and the news; to things closer to our daily lives, like how we sleep, how we exercise, and even the distinction we draw between our minds and our bodies.


About the Author

Matt Haig is the author of the internationally bestselling memoir Reasons to Stay Alive, along with five novels, including How To Stop Time, and several award-winning children's books. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages.


Praise For Notes on a Nervous Planet

"A primer for how to live in the present moment, this book will find grateful readers everywhere." —Nigella Lawson, author of How to Be a Domestic Goddess and Nigella Bites
 
"Take Notes on a Nervous Planet twice daily, with or without food. Crammed with wisdom, insight, love and wit." —Stephen Fry

“Likable and thought-provoking . . . A wonderfully perceptive chronicle of life in the always-on social media age.” —The Guardian

"Witty, honest, and engaging. Haig shows great skill in describing the 'invisible cyclone' of depression. . . A worthy successor to Reasons to Stay Alive." —The Sunday Times

"[Haig] is a smart operator who knows his readership and genuinely wants to help them . . . I reached the last page admiring the author’s inventive energy and insight." —The Daily Mail
 
"Warm and wise. If the modern world is making you anxious, this is the perfect book for you." —Claudia Hammond, author of Time Warped
 
"Beautiful, honest and wise." —Fearne Cotton, BBC Radio 
 
"A convincing, wise, and reassuring book." —The Irish Times

"Is the modern world doing our heads in? Matt Haig shares our fears and gives answers to the question from many different angles. An enthralling book." —Jo Brand, author of The More You Ignore Me
 
"Warm and wise. If the modern world is making you anxious, this is the perfect book for you." —Claudia Hammond, author of Time Warped