Years ago, Matt Haig began writing notes to his future self. These notes were meant as gifts of hope to help himself through anything from the darkest periods of his life to a not-so-great day.

I will make no apology about being a little gushy here, as Haig's Reasons To Stay Alive saved me. It really did. Going through a terrible time, the 'woe is me' became a mirror, became a way out of a labyrinth constructed from my own self doubt.

Because of that, I am drawn to Haig's prose. I admire so much about him and find comfort in his success.

Haig's latest is not a long form novel in the guise of The Humans or How To Stop Time, it is rather a collection of notes, thoughts, ideas, tips and tricks for an overworked mind and a careworn sense of self.

It is as the PR reads a series of "reflections on hope, survival and the messy miracle of being alive."

Where RTSA was not a self help guide, The Comfort Book will not fix you.

It may though be a good time to embrace Haig and consider some self-reflection.


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The Comfort Book is out now on Penguin.