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Matt Haig

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Matt Haig is an English novelist and journalist. He has written both fiction and non-fiction for children and adults, often in the speculative fiction genre.
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The Devil and the Dark Water
A Locked-Room Historical Mystery
Stuart Turton - 2020-10-06
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A murder on the high seas. A detective duo. A demon who may or may not exist.It's 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world's greatest detective, is being transported to Amsterdam to be executed for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Traveling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent.But no sooner...
Matt Haig
2021-08-25T15:08:56.000Z
@KidLitMotivates @stu_turton I loved that book      source
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The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern - 2012-07-03
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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a due...
Matt Haig
2021-08-25T10:31:54.000Z
@mara_bakery A lovely book.      source
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Underland
A Deep Time Journey
Robert MacFarlane - 2019-06-04
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From the best-selling, award-winning author of Landmarks and The Old Ways, a haunting voyage into the planets past and future.Hailed as "the great nature writer of this generation" (Wall Street Journal), Robert Macfarlane is the celebrated author of books about the intersections of the human and the natural realms. In Underland, he delivers his mas...
Matt Haig
2021-08-25T10:30:41.000Z
@CJNatella @RobGMacfarlane Love that book - and all his books - v much      source
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Jonathan Green
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How to Be Animal
A New History of What It Means to Be Human
Melanie Challenger - 2021-03-23 (first published in 2020)
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A wide-ranging take on why humans have a troubled relationship with being an animal, and why we need a better one Human are the most inquisitive, emotional, imaginative, aggressive, and baffling animals on the planet. But we are also an animal that does not think it is an animal. How well do we really know ourselves?How to Be Animal tells a remarka...
Matt Haig
2021-03-22T19:22:21.000Z
I adore this book.      source
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When Things Fall Apart
Heart Advice for Difficult Times
Pema Chodron - 2016-06-07 (first published in 1996)
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Pema Chödrön's perennially best-selling classic on overcoming life's difficulties cuts to the heart of spirituality and personal growth--now in a newly designed 20th-anniversary edition with a new afterword by Pema--makes for a perfect gift and addition to one's spiritual library. How can we live our lives when everything seems to fall apart—when w...
Matt Haig
2020-11-25T00:00:00.000Z
Also a gift for anyone going through a rocky time: “When Things Fall Apart,” by Buddhist teacher Pema Chödron, is brilliant and really helped me accept uncertainty in life.      source
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The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh
A. A. Milne - 1996-10-01 (first published in 1926)
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Alternate Cover Edition can be found here. The world of Pooh is the Thousand Acre Wood of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga, Christopher Robin, and more. He is a whimsical philosopher, staunch friend, plump, and fond of honey. He calls himself a Bear of Very Little Brain, but is wise and loving. Delicate paintings loved ...
Matt Haig
2020-11-25T00:00:00.000Z
Oh, and “Winnie-the-Pooh” a gift for anyone’s actual or inner child.      source
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Bird by Bird
Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Anne Lamott - 1995-08-31 (first published in 1994)
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"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. [It] was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized...
Matt Haig
2020-11-25T00:00:00.000Z
“Bird by Bird,” by Anne Lamott, is my go-to gift or recommendation for anyone interested in writing, though it is as much a treatise on life as it is a creative-writing primer.      source
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A Brief History of Thought
A Philosophical Guide to Living (Learning to Live)
Luc Ferry - 2011-12-27 (first published in 1996)
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Eight months on the bestseller lists in France!From the timeless wisdom of the ancient Greeks to Christianity, the Enlightenment, existentialism, and postmodernism, Luc Ferry’s instant classic brilliantly and accessibly explains the enduring teachings of philosophy—including its profound relevance to modern daily life and its essential role in achi...
Matt Haig
2020-11-12T15:40:34.000Z
The books I admire most are ones that can cover really broad or complex subjects in supremely accessible ways, without dumbing anything down. This intelligent history of philosophy is such a book.      source
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Feline Philosophy
Cats and the Meaning of Life
John Gray - 2020-11-24
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In Feline Philosophy, the philosopher John Gray discovers in cats a way of living that is unburdened by anxiety and self-consciousness, showing how they embody answers to the big questions of love and attachment, mortality, morality, and the Self: Montaigne's house cat, whose un-examined life may have been the one worth living; Meo, the Vietnam War...
Matt Haig
2020-11-09T09:54:46.000Z
Such a good book. 🐈      source
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On Connection
Kae Tempest - 2020-11-17
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Beneath the surface we are all connected . . . Award-winning poet, rapper and storyteller Kae Tempest's first work of non-fiction: a meditation on the power of creative connection'Powerful and merciful.' Ali Smith'Tempest . . . doesn't just leap off the page, but leaps into your throat and demands to be shouted all the way out.' Marlon James'[Kae's...
Matt Haig
2020-10-19T08:00:36.000Z
Devoured this from @kaetempest in two sittings yesterday. It is my sort of book. Musings on creativity and connection threaded with autobiographical edge and Jung and William Blake and others. An authentically soothing, powerful, thought provoker. Good stuff.      source
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Entangled Life
Merlin Sheldrake - 2020-05-12
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