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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 - Oct 06, 2020
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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
Aug 25, 2021
@KidLitMotivates @stu_turton I loved that book      source
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The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern - Jul 03, 2012
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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
Aug 25, 2021
@mara_bakery A lovely book.      source
Underland
A Deep Time Journey
Robert MacFarlane - Jun 04, 2019
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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
Aug 25, 2021
@CJNatella @RobGMacfarlane Love that book - and all his books - v much      source
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How to Be Animal
A New History of What It Means to Be Human
Melanie Challenger - Mar 23, 2021 (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...
Matt Haig
Mar 22, 2021
I adore this book.      source
When Things Fall Apart
Heart Advice for Difficult Times
Pema Chodron - Jun 07, 2016 (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
Nov 25, 2020
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
The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh
A. A. Milne - Oct 01, 1996 (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
Nov 25, 2020
Oh, and “Winnie-the-Pooh” a gift for anyone’s actual or inner child.      source
Bird by Bird
Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Anne Lamott - Aug 31, 1995 (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
Nov 25, 2020
“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
A Brief History of Thought
A Philosophical Guide to Living (Learning to Live)
Luc Ferry - Dec 27, 2011 (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
Nov 12, 2020
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
Feline Philosophy
Cats and the Meaning of Life
John Gray - Nov 24, 2020
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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
Nov 09, 2020
Such a good book. 🐈      source
On Connection
Kae Tempest - Nov 17, 2020
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Beneath the surface we are all connected . . ....
Matt Haig
Oct 19, 2020
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
One Summer
America, 1927
Bill Bryson - Jun 03, 2014 (first published in 2013)
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In One Summer Bill Bryson, one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers, transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life.The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century: on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop, and when h...
Matt Haig
Oct 15, 2020
Selfishly I am sad to see Bill Bryson retiring. He is a brilliant writer. I love so many of his books. My favourite is One Summer: America, 1927, which captures a passion for history and culture like few books can. People are snobby because he sells well but he is a genius.      source
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