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Matt Haig’s Notes on a Nervous Planet

Hear author Matt Haig in conversation with journalist and bestselling writer Bryony Gordon.

Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected and 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 the follow-up to the number one bestseller Reasons to Stay Alive, and is a personal look at how the world is messing with our minds, and what we can do about it to rehumanise ourselves in this age of anxiety. In short, it’s a look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the 21st century.

Matt Haig is the bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive, his genre-defining memoir of his lived experience of mental health, as well as six highly acclaimed novels for adults, including How to Stop Time and The Humans.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


£15 - £25
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
£15, £25


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Age recommendation
For ages 16+.

Copies of Matt Haig’s book Notes on a Nervous Planet are available for £12.99 when you buy a ticket to the talk, to be collected at the event. The author is signing copies of his book after the event.

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