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Matt Haig

UK flag (b.1975)

Matt Haig was born in Sheffield in 1975 and grew up in Nottinghamshire. He has lived in London and Ibiza, where he worked for the Manumission club. He now lives in Leeds. His writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Sunday Times, the Independent, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Face.

Genres: Children's Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy, Science Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Horror

Non fiction
Blue Peter Book Award Book of the Year winner (2009) : Shadow Forest

Matt Haig recommends
We Used to Be Kings (2014)
Stewart Foster
"A very powerful book, written with a poignant intensity that often burns."
Charm Offensive (2014)
William Thacker
"I'm always a sucker for redemption stories but this one is highly entertaining life affirming and -yes -charming. On this evidence. William Thacker is a name you will hear a lot more often."
Meatspace (2014)
Nikesh Shukla
"Meatspace is funny. Damn funny. You should really switch off your computer and read it."
The Illusionists (2014)
(Fearsome Dreamer, book 2)
Laure Eve
"Laure Eve's imagination is dazzling."
Hold Back the Stars (2017)
Katie Khan
"A high-stakes, high-concept love story from a bold new talent . . . All of the obvious 'out of this world' comments apply."
The Summer Of Impossible Things (2017)
Rowan Coleman
"A lovely, magical, time-bending read...There is a lovely smooth glow to the writing."
Tin Man (2017)
Sarah Winman
"This is an astoundingly beautiful book. It drips with tenderness. It breaks your heart and warms it all at once."
Another Place (2017)
Matthew Crow
"Wow. Read in Bloom now. It will change your life."
Dead Girls (2018)
Abigail Tarttelin
"Tarttelin is a natural storyteller."
Tilly and the Bookwanderers (2018)
(Pages & Co, book 1)
Anna James
"A thrilling, inventive book-lover’s delight, where fiction really does come to life. It’s a treat for readers of every age."
The Hiding Game (2019)
Naomi Wood
"A wonderful writer."
Out of Love (2020)
Hazel Hayes
"Hazel Hayes writes with such honesty and casual confidence and flowing dialogue, you feel you are overhearing it rather than reading it. The writing sparkles with wit, and a poignant emotional reality. I love it."
The Book of Form and Emptiness (2021)
Ruth Ozeki
"Heart-breaking and heart-healing—a book to not only keep us absorbed but also to help us think and love and live and listen. No one writes quite like Ruth Ozeki and The Book of Form and Emptiness is a triumph."
Magpie (2021)
Elizabeth Day
"Magpie is a clever, suspenseful read with a brilliant central pivot and a keen eye for relationships, including the toxic ones. A compelling, twisting read."
Breathless (2022)
Amy McCulloch
"Breathless is a high-altitude, high-stakes thriller that combines fascinating, authentic mountaineering experience with pure thriller entertainment. The suspense rises like the Nepalese mountain it is set on. Reminded me of the best of Michael Crichton, where in-depth knowledge and a masterful plot work together to create a tense adrenaline-fuelled ride. I loved it."

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