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Matt Haig (born 3 July 1975) is an English novelist and journalist. He has written both fiction and non-fiction for children and adults, often in the speculative fiction genre.

Early life

Haig was born on 3 July 1975 in Sheffield. He studied English and History at the University of Hull.

Career

Matt Haig: Reasons To Stay Alive
Matt Haig: Father Christmas and Me

Matt Haig: Reasons To Stay Alive · Matt Haig: Father Christmas and Me

Haig is the author of both fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. His work of non-fiction, Reasons to Stay Alive, was a number one Sunday Times bestseller and was in the UK top 10 for 46 weeks. His bestselling children's novel, Father Christmas and Me, is currently being adapted for film, produced by Studio Canal and Blueprint Pictures.

Matt Haig: The Possession of Mr Cave
Matt Haig: Shadow Forest

Matt Haig: The Possession of Mr Cave · Matt Haig: Shadow Forest

His novels are often dark and quirky takes on family life. The Last Family in England retells Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1 with the protagonists as dogs. His second novel Dead Fathers Club is based on Hamlet, telling the story of an introspective 11-year-old dealing with the recent death of his father and the subsequent appearance of his father's ghost. His third adult novel, The Possession of Mr Cave, deals with an obsessive father desperately trying to keep his teenage daughter safe. His children's novel, Shadow Forest, is a fantasy that begins with the horrific death of the protagonists' parents. It won the Nestlé Children's Book Prize in 2007. He followed it with the sequel, Runaway Troll, in 2008.

Matt Haig: The Radleys
Matt Haig: The Humans

Matt Haig: The Radleys · Matt Haig: The Humans

Haig's vampire novel The Radleys, was published in 2011. In 2013, he published The Humans. It is the story of an alien who takes the identity of a university lecturer whose work in mathematics threatens the stability of the planet who must also cope with the home life which accompanies his task.

William Shakespeare · F. Scott Fitzgerald · Benedict Cumberbatch

Matt Haig: How to Stop Time
Matt Haig: Reasons To Stay Alive

Matt Haig: How to Stop Time · Matt Haig: Reasons To Stay Alive

In 2017, Haig published How to Stop Time, a novel about a man who appears to be 40 but has, in fact, lived for more than 400 years and has met Shakespeare, Captain Cook and F. Scott Fitzgerald. In an interview with The Guardian, Haig revealed the book has been optioned by StudioCanal films, and Benedict Cumberbatch had been "lined up to star" in the film adaptation. Reasons to Stay Alive won the Books Are My Bag Readers' Awards in 2016 and How to Stop Time was nominated in 2017. In August 2018, he wrote lyrics for English singer and songwriter Andy Burrows's music album, the title of which was derived from Haig's book Reasons to Stay Alive.

Matt Haig: The Midnight Library

Matt Haig: The Midnight Library

The Midnight Library was adapted for radio and broadcast in ten episodes on BBC Radio 4 in December 2020.

Personal life

Haig is married to Andrea Semple; they have two children. He resides in Brighton, Sussex. He homeschools his children, and he is an atheist.

Works

Novels

Matt Haig: The Dead Fathers Club
Matt Haig: The Possession of Mr Cave
Matt Haig: The Radleys
Matt Haig: The Humans
Matt Haig: How to Stop Time
Matt Haig: The Midnight Library

Matt Haig: The Dead Fathers Club · Matt Haig: The Possession of Mr Cave · Matt Haig: The Radleys · Matt Haig: The Humans · Matt Haig: How to Stop Time · Matt Haig: The Midnight Library

Children's books

Matt Haig: Shadow Forest
Matt Haig: To Be A Cat
Matt Haig: Echo Boy
Matt Haig: A Boy Called Christmas
Matt Haig: The Girl Who Saved Christmas
Matt Haig: Father Christmas and Me
Matt Haig: The Truth Pixie
Matt Haig: The Truth Pixie Goes to School

Matt Haig: Shadow Forest · Matt Haig: To Be A Cat · Matt Haig: Echo Boy · Matt Haig: A Boy Called Christmas · Matt Haig: The Girl Who Saved Christmas · Matt Haig: Father Christmas and Me · Matt Haig: The Truth Pixie · Matt Haig: The Truth Pixie Goes to School

Non-fiction

Matt Haig: Brand Failures
Matt Haig: Reasons To Stay Alive
Matt Haig: Notes on a Nervous Planet

Matt Haig: Brand Failures · Matt Haig: Reasons To Stay Alive · Matt Haig: Notes on a Nervous Planet

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