NOTES ON A NERVOUS PLANET MATT HAIG
Matt Haig’s follow up to his bestselling Reasons
to Stay Alive tackles the western world’s spike of anxiety and panic. Those with Twitter will most likely have seen a quotation from Haig’s Reasons doing the rounds: “How to stop time: kiss./ How to travel in time: read./How to escape time: music./ How to feel time: write./How to release time: breathe.” Notes on a Nervous Planet is designed for short attention spans: broken into (very) short chapters, lists, and other formats ideal for the social-media generation. In his characteristically simple but generous way, Haig offers advice, and sometimes just lays out reasons to be happy or grateful. Though not always groundbreaking (Haig suggests connecting with nature, taking time with loved ones, making physical contact, and getting out of tedious and unrewarding jobs),
Notes avoids being overly twee or sappy. The cumulative effect is one of a convincing, wise, and reassuring book.