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The world is messing with our minds. Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected yet feel more alone. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index. 

  • How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad? 
  • How do we stay human in a technological world? 
  • How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious?

After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig. And he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him. 

Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the 21st century. 

©2018 Matt Haig (P)2018 Canongate Books Ltd

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  • K. J. Noyes
  • 07-09-18

Reasons looked inward, Notes looks back out again.

Honest and applicable life lessons from one of my favourite contemporary writers and thinkers.

I'd call Matt Haig 'a thinker'. As well as enjoying almost every adult and children's novel he's brought out, I can recognise my own life, thought processes and faults in his two non-fiction 'guides to life' as I think of them.

Reasons To Stay Alive was a bare-all look at one man's breakdown and recovery/lessons learned. Now Haig puts himself and us in the context of the wider world, society, the universe itself as he has us contemplate the meaning we give our modern lives, our obsessions with technology and social media, how we allow the influence of others to affect our own self-esteem and value.

Utterly relatable, I think most people would find value in reading this. Just to have someone tell you (in my case literally as the author narrates the Audible version I listened to) that I need to go to bed earlier, turn away from the phone more, see the bigger picture of my place as a rather small cog in a very much larger machine - it's that kick you need sometimes to look at your life and appreciate just what you really have.

As with the previous book, the short chapters and flitting from subject to subject worked for me. There is a connecting theme and flow, but it also feels very human and stream-of-consciousness, with lists (as a listener, I could hear them, rather than see them on a page, and would have liked to see them written down to savour a little more).

Haig says what we all need to hear, and I imagine many will nod along, as I did. He makes an affable reader, his material highly relevant to his audience, and teens through to pensioners will find something enlightening and emboldening here to unite us all.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.

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  • Celia Felgate
  • 07-12-18

simply amazing

I thought that a follow up to reasons to stay alive would be too much of an ask. I was wrong

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-13-18

Thought Provoking

Matt Haig has a calm soothing voice and shares his ideas clearly and succinctly. This book makes you think about the world and how we live in it.

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  • A Johnson
  • 09-06-18

Very calming and thought provoking.

Really enjoyed this book. A real understanding of mental health issues and a calm sensible outlook.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-29-18

Some nice things we all know we need to hear

A good read. Not exactly a page turner. But a good, nice, and short book.

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  • Paul Wright
  • 08-26-18

Depressing

If you want to maintain your will to live skip past this book and purchase something else. If you want to wallow if your own pity and feel the world is coming to and end then this is for you.

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  • Audible fan
  • 08-19-18

super

I saw this book in Tate Modern which surprised me and was all the endorsement I needed. I no longer have the concentration to read books so audio version perfect and it has been a mini bible voicing lots of the concerns and irritations I'm starting to feel about the connected world and how it makes me feel and behave. It's practical with the lovely lists of how to be in the world and how to manage the often dull face in computer life that I necessarily lead. I read Matt's book about surviving a breakdown, it was the best of it's type and helped me immensely. I recommend this to anyone feeling a bit overwhelmed with digital life who wants permission to both disconnect and reconnect with the real world.

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  • Rosa
  • 08-17-18

Amazing

I don’t really know how to write a review that would do this book justice! It’s amazing. I have severe anxiety and panic attacks, and I think this is the first book I’ve read (and I’ve read so many), that really helped me feel less alone and also was really compassionate and had a message that a lot of books don’t really talk about - how the outside world, technology, modern living really affects us. That feeling he describes about how the news is like a metaphor for anxiety? And advertising and the continuous feeling of wanting (and that wanting is because we are made to feel that we lack).. there’s so much more, when he was talking I just had this feeling that for the first time someone really understood! What it feels like to suffer from mental illness and the overwhelm of the world. (I have autism and sensory processing disorder too). everything was beautifully written and thought about, and I really liked the notes form, even in an audiobook.

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  • T M Doherty
  • 08-14-18

Thanks Matt

A brilliant guide to the modern world and mental health, loved this as much as the last one, thanks Matt!!

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  • Jacky Pratt
  • 08-12-18

Thanks, Matt Haig

... for using some of your precious time to share your hard-earned wisdom with those of us who want to listen and learn.