• The Comfort Book

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Matt Haig
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (158 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An instant New York Times best seller!

The new uplifting book from Matt Haig, the number one New York Times best-selling author of The Midnight Library, for anyone in search of hope, looking for a path to a more meaningful life, or in need of a little encouragement.

Named by The Washington Post as one of the best feel-good books of 2021.

“It is a strange paradox, that many of the clearest, most comforting life lessons are learnt while we are at our lowest. But then we never think about food more than when we are hungry and we never think about life rafts more than when we are thrown overboard.”

The Comfort Book is Haig’s life raft: It’s a collection of notes, lists, and stories written over a span of several years that originally served as gentle reminders to Haig’s future self that things are not always as dark as they may seem. Incorporating a diverse array of sources from across the world, history, science, and his own experiences, Haig offers warmth and reassurance, reminding us to slow down and appreciate the beauty and unpredictability of existence.

©2021 Matt Haig (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“My two essential books, at the moment. One is Matt Haig's The Comfort Book. This book is like a Bible of really lovely little titbits to help you through what could be a stressful time….Very helpful. This is something that offers a very lovely amount of relief and it's like a cuddle.”- Jonathan Bailey (Ten Things He Can't Live Without, GQ) 

"...a collection of empowering, beautiful concepts that’ll help anyone get through tough times. I read and reread sections of The Comfort Book..." -- Zibby Owens, Katie Couric Media 

"The Comfort Book, a collection of aphorisms and inspirational stories of survival against the odds, is a guide to living and finding hope in these disjointed times" --Guardian 

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Musings at best

Why? This is just a incomplete journal entry…one sentence chapters of phycobabble! I can’t believe it would be helpful for someone in the throes of depression either…I loved The Midnight Library but this is embarrassing!

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enjoying it currently

First I should say, I am a fan of Matt Haig writings...that said, this is different and I am enjoying the different part about it immensely

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Best book ever!

Anyone who has ever felt despair, anxiety, stress, suicidal thoughts, or if you are simply looking for a new book to read, this is a must! Matt Haig has incredible empathy and it feels like a friend talking to you throughout the whole book. None of his chapters flow together, but more of random thoughts thrown together. It’s great though.

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This book helps me

especially when I’m going through a depression
episode. It has become very dear to me. His words
are all the more powerful because of what he has gone through. His words are intelligent , well researched, kind, & caring. He references thoughts from human beings throughout history like Julius Caesar and Maya Angelou. The WAY he speaks is also very meaningful- you can feel his heart. Anyone who suffers from mental illness like depression, anxiety, panic attacks, etc. will find this book serves them well. It certainly does for me.
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It really does comfort !

Loved this book. Have listened to it repeatedly. Even though it’s not conventionally written, it’s enough to get the messages across.

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Perfect. Real, wise, funny and compassionate.

Powerful in his understanding and uplifting view of life's difficulties. Wonderful, heartfelt, soothing reading.

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Sounds like it was recorded inside a tin can

There were some worthwhile insights in this book, but the recording was frustratingly poor quality.

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Well intended but lacks of dept

A well intended book that is full of clichés and lacks of depth. It is a dispensable book.p

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Wonderful unexpected

i just finished The Midnight Library and loved it. wanted more from this author.
this is a short book with much insight.
I will listen to over snd and over for certain.

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Jumpy but ultimately quite good

I’ve read a few of Haig’s other mental health titles and really just respect his commitment to the mission. It’s inspiring to see someone be such an advocate for psychological wellness after struggling with his own afflictions for years. This one continues his open and honest approach from books prior, albeit in a slightly different fashion.

Of all of his books I’ve read / listened to, this one is definitely the shortest; on a fast enough playback speed, you can crank out the audio version of it during a long workout.

In terms of content, there’s a wide array of different subjects related to mental well-being here, including some more serious things as well as some quick and cheerful anecdotes. And, as the title suggests, there’s definitely some wisdom and comfort within it.

The only downside to the book, in my mind, is that it’s a bit jumpy; it occasionally reads more like a journal than a fully-formed narrative. But, in the end, I think that style mostly works, even if it is slightly jarring at times.

So, to those looking for an insightful and solid book on mental health, I’d definitely recommend picking this one up.

-Brian Sachetta
Author of “Get Out of Your Head”