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Summary

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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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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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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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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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.

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Not a self help book that's going to help yourself

This book is like a very long yin yoga session. It will help you focus, relax and get perspective on today's society. Good news is it's not taking itself too seriously either so it's also an easy read. The author's narration is excellent as well!

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99% Perfect

I love the insights and the views and love 99% of every aspect of this book. The 1% however was only held back due to a frustration at times with the lists of inanimate objects . I’m sure others found this useful to really drive home the point, but I myself found them frustrating.
Overall I love it and I have bought the physical book after listening to it on here. Many thanks

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a good refresh on the pitfalls of our modern world

and how to live with them in the face of all resistance, how to cope&how to survive especially good for anyone who has depression or anxiety

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I enjoyed the premise of the book

Good topic but not well executed. The premise is interesting but the way the story comes across with repetitive lists after lists can be painful to listen to. Still worth a listen.

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Life changing book, simply amazinf

This book has completely changed my view on life. definitely worth a listen! Thanks for sharing your story Matt!

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To Matt

That was fkin brilliant

Thank you

Please do more voices as you can gift others escapism with your impersonating turtles##