Reasons to Stay Alive

At least one of each has been picked, so we’ll have plenty to discuss at the next meeting. We’ve mostly selected Sunday Times non-fiction best-seller Reasons to Stay Alive, by Matt Haig – a short but powerful (and uplifting!) memoir about Matt’s experience of depression and anxiety, and Kolymsky Heights as a popular second selection. It’s another neglected thriller, hand-picked for promotion by ‘Mr. Waterstones’ himself – James Daunt.

For Wednesday’s attendees all reserved copies have been put aside, but you couldn’t make it, let Leilah know if you’d like order a copy. Tell the Waterstones Doncaster staff member that you’re with the book club, and they should know to take off the extra pound, disclaimer.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 22nd April, 5.30pm for 5.45pm.

Remember and tell your friends we’re moving to Costa Coffee, Waterstones in the Frenchgate!


Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig

Reasons to Stay Alive - Matt HaigWhat Does It mean To Feel Truly Alive?

Aged 24, Matt Haig’s world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again.

A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth. “I wrote this book because the oldest cliches remain the truest. Time heals. The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven’t been able to see it …Words, just sometimes, really can set you free.

Published: 05/03/2015

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd

ISBN: 9781782115083


Kolymsky Heights, Lionel Davidson

Kolymsky Heights by Lionel Davidson

“The best thriller I’ve ever read.” – Philip Pullman

Kolymsky Heights. A Siberian permafrost hell lost in endless nights, the perfect setting for an underground Russian research station. It’s a place so secret it doesn’t officially exist; once there, the scientists are forbidden to leave. But one scientist is desperate to get a message to the outside world. So desperate, he sends a plea across the wildness to the West in order to summon the one man alive capable of achieving the impossible…

“Sensationally good. Cleverly conceived and brilliantly executed. One of the great thrillers of the last century.” – Charles Cumming

“An icy marvel of invention…It is written with the panache of a master and with the wide-eyed exhilaration of an adventurer in the grip of discovery. Mr. Davidson has not only rescued one of the most familiar narrative forms of the era, the spy thriller; he has also renewed it.” – The New York Times Book Review

Published: 18/03/2015

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571326112