Book of the Month – August 2020

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets? From the author of How to Stop Time and The Humans comes The Midnight Library, a poignant novel about regret, hope and forgiveness, released 13 August.

Between life and death there is a library. When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right.  Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself.  But things are about to change.

The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently.  With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life.  But things aren't always what she imagined they'd be, and soon her choices place the library and herself in extreme danger.  Before time runs out, she must answer the ultimate question: what is the best way to live?

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BOOK OF THE MONTH Q&A with Matt Haig talking to Peter Florence took place on Tuesday 18 August 2020

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About the author

Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive, Notes on a Nervous Planet and six highly acclaimed novels for adults, including How to Stop Time, The Humans and The Radleys.   The audiobook of The Midnight Library is read by Carey Mulligan.   Haig also writes award-winning books for children, including A Boy Called Christmas, which is being made into a feature film with an all-star cast.   He has sold more than a million books in the UK and his work has been translated into over 40 languages.

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