If you’re a fan of Matt Haig, author of Reasons to Stay Alive then we havesome great news for you, as there are two new books coming from the author and one of them is a “sequel of sorts” to the bestselling Reasons to Stay Alive. The second book coming from the author is a second adult novel.
The follow on to Reasons to Stay Alive will be published in the summer of 2018 and the nonfiction Notes on a Nervous Planet will explore the many causes of anxiety in modern society and some useful ways to combat them.
The second, and yet unnamed book is an adult novel and not expected for publication until the summer of 2019.
Haig is hot property right now, his latest novel How to Stop Time was published last week and the rights to the book have been sold in 26 countries. Film rights have already been optioned, with Benedict Cumberbatch named for the lead, and more than half a million copies have already been sold.
Matt Haig isn’t the most conventional author, but while his books are very different to each other, his theme of good mental health, and his view of the modern world shines through in all his works.
The new releases will be published by Canongate, and we’ll have news of the pre-orders as they open.
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Whilst it’s a treat for more mature audiences, Die Hard certainly isn’t suitable for kids, until now! This Christmas, you can tuck your little ones into bed and send them off to the land of nod with this children book that teaches young one the story of the no nonsense cop John McClane.
The short story dates back to the traditional form of oral storytelling which, for obvious reasons, could not take hours to resolve. Long tales (such as Homer’s Odyssey) would be recited in sections- often with rhyme and rhythm to aid remembering each verse. Often separate short tales would be told but would be linked in some way (such as Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales).
2017 has seen this traditional form flourish still, and remain ever more popular. Perhaps modern life calls for shorter, snappier tales to fit in with our busy lives?
John Green is an enthusiastic You Tuber, and a big reading advocate. His channel is a varied explosion of creativity, books, literature and life and fans of the author should probably subscribe. Read More
Happiness in this Life out December
Pope Francis is no stranger to publishing, releasing his first book ‘The Name of God is Mercy’ in 2016. Now we hear from Pan Macmillan’s imprint Bluebird that they have acquired the rights to a new book by the pontiff full of his thoughts on Happiness.
The new release will be published in hardback on 5th December 2017 and will be called Happiness in this Life: A Passionate Meditation on Material Existence and is earmarked as an uplifting read and likely to be a Christmas bestseller. Read More