All of the Books!
Who is Matt Haig?
Born in 1975, Matt Haig is a British journalist and now full-time novelist who is writing both fiction and non-fiction for children and adults.
Matt Haig has also written non-fiction like his memoir Reasons to Stay Alive, but he is mostly known for his fiction novels like his Christmas series for children and his adult genre books like The Humans, The Midnight Library or The Radleys (some urban fantasy, sci-fi, and speculative works).
Matt Haig Books in Order:
I. Matt Haig Novels in Order
- The Labrador Pact (2004) – Also known as The Last Family in England. Meet Prince, the canine narrator of this tragi-comic tale of family life. As with all Labradors, he has devoted his entire existence to preserving the happiness and security of his human masters. Not that his human masters realise this, of course. After all, when the Hunter family rescued him, they had no idea that they were the ones who were really being saved. But as events unfold Prince realises he’s got his work cut out.
- The Dead Fathers Club (2006) – When eleven-year-old Philip Noble is confronted by the ghost of his recently deceased father and asked to avenge his death, the boy finds himself in a thorny dilemma. Revenge, after all, is a tricky business-especially when Philip is already distracted by his girlfriend, school bullies, self-doubt, and all the other challenges of adolescence.
- The Possession of Mr Cave (2008) – Terence Cave, owner of Cave Antiques, has already experienced the tragedies of his mother’s suicide and his wife’s murder when his teenage son, Reuben, is killed in a grotesque accident. His remaining child, Bryony, has always been the family’s golden girl and Terence comes to realise that his one duty in life is to protect her from the world’s malign forces, whatever that may take.
- The Radleys (2010) – Life with the Radleys: Radio 4, dinner parties with the Bishopthorpe neighbours and self-denial. Loads of self-denial. But all hell is about to break loose. When teenage daughter Clara gets attacked on the way home from a party, she and her brother Rowan finally discover why they can’t sleep, can’t eat a Thai salad without fear of asphyxiation and can’t go outside unless they’re smothered in Factor 50.
- The Humans (2013) – When an extra-terrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than positive. Taking the form of Professor Andrew Martin, a prominent mathematician at Cambridge University, the visitor is eager to complete the gruesome task assigned him and hurry home to his own utopian planet, where everyone is omniscient and immortal.
- How to Stop Time (2017) – Tom Hazard has just moved back to London, his old home, to settle down and become a high school history teacher. And on his first day at school, he meets a captivating French teacher at his school who seems fascinated by him. But Tom has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history–performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life.
- The Midnight Library (2020) – Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?
II. Matt Haig Children’s books in Order
Samuel Blink Books in Order:
- Samuel Blink and the Forbidden Forest (2007) – Also known as Shadow Forest. Samuel and Martha’s new life with their Aunt Eda in Norway is filled with rules, but most important is rule number nine: NEVER ‘UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES’ GO INTO THE FOREST. Sure their Uncle Henrik disappeared in the forest ten years ago, but it can’t be the forest’s fault-can it? Samuel is skeptical until he finds an unusual book, The Creatures of Shadow Forest, which describes the fantastic and sinister creatures supposedly living there. Could Aunt Eda be right?
- Samuel Blink and the Runaway Troll (2008) – When Troll-Son runs away from home, he decides to leave the Shadow Forest behind and move in with his idol, Samuel Blink. Samuel isn’t thrilled with the idea of hiding a runaway troll, especially one who copies everything he does, even (ugh!) using his toothbrush. But should Samuel return Troll-Son to the Shadow Forest? After all, he’s running from something . . . what danger still lurks there?
Matt Haig’s Christmas Books in Order:
- A Boy Called Christmas (2015) – Eleven-year-old Nikolas-nicknamed “Christmas”-has received only one toy in his life: a doll carved out of a turnip. But he’s happy with his turnip doll, because it came from his parents, who love him. Then one day his father goes missing, and Nikolas must travel to the North Pole to save him.
- The Girl Who Saved Christmas (2016) – Amelia Wishart was the first child ever to receive a Christmas present. It was her Christmas spirit that gave Santa the extra boost of magic he needed to make his first trip around the world. But now Amelia is in trouble.
- Father Christmas and Me (2017) – Amelia lives in the magical town of Elfhelm, newly adopted by Father Christmas and his wife, Mary . When the very jealous Easter Bunny launches an attack to ruin Christmas, it’s up to Amelia, her family and the elves to fight off the forces of evil.
The Truth Pixie Books in Order:
- The Truth Pixie (2018) – Wherever she is, whatever the day, She only has one kind of thing to say. Just as cats go miaow and cows go moo, The Truth Pixie can only say things that are true.
- The Truth Pixie Goes to School (2019) – New school. New friends. Same old pixie. The Truth Pixie and her human friend go to school, face a bully and learn the importance of friendship and being yourself.
Evie Books in Order:
- Evie and the Animals (2019) – Eleven-year-old Evie has a talent: a supertalent. She can HEAR what animals are thinking. She promises to keep it top secret, but then an evil pet-thief strikes. Every animal in town is in danger and only by DARING TO BE HERSELF can Evie save her furry and feathered friends.
- Evie in the Jungle (2020) – When Evie goes on a trip to the Amazon rainforest, her powers are put to the test. She makes friends with pink river dolphins, must save an injured sloth, and discovers the secret life of a jaguar. Soon she sees that the jungle is in serious and deadly danger, and comes up with a rather risky plan to help save it . . .
- To Be A Cat (2013) – Cats have it made. They laze in sun patches, are showered with affection by loving humans, can cough up hairballs wherever they want, and never have to wonder why their dad disappeared one day and never came back. It’s clearly much easier to be a cat than to be a middle school boy. So when Barney Willow wishes he could be a cat, and gets his wish, he should be thrilled. Except he’s not.
- Echo Boy (2014) – Audrey’s father taught her that to stay human in the modern world, she had to build a moat around herself; a moat of books and music, philosophy and dreams. A moat that makes Audrey different from the echoes: sophisticated, emotionless machines, built to resemble humans and to work for human masters.
II. Matt Haig Non-fiction books in Order
- How Come You Don’t Have An E-Strategy (2002)
- Brand Failures: The Truth About the 100 Biggest Branding Mistakes of All Time (2003)
- Brand Royalty: How the World’s Top 100 Brands Thrive and Survive (2004)
- Brand Success: How the World’s Top 100 Brands Thrive and Survive (2011)
- Reasons to Stay Alive (2015) – Like nearly one in five people, Matt Haig suffers from depression. Reasons to Stay Alive is Matt’s inspiring account of how, minute by minute and day by day, he overcame the disease with the help of reading, writing, and the love of his parents and his girlfriend (and now-wife), Andrea. And eventually, he learned to appreciate life all the more for it.
- Notes on a Nervous Planet (2018) – A follow-up to Matt Haig’s internationally bestselling memoir, Reasons to Stay Alive, a broader look at how modern life feeds our anxiety, and how to live a better life.