Matt Haig

Season 7, Episode 17

Matt Haig has been one of our most requested guests on social media so we’re delighted he is our guest this week. Robin and Josie chat to Matt about his own work including the upcoming Notes on a Nervous Planet as well as some of his favourite works from the likes of Emily Dickinson, Carl Sagan and Janette Winterson.

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Reading List

Matt recommends:

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

The poetry of Emily Dickinson

Collins Books of Quotations

The work of Janette Winterson

Cosmos by Carl Sagan

Unweaving the Rainbow by Richard Dawkins

Contact by Carl Sagan

The Humans by Matt Haig

On Writing by Stephen King

Robin recommends:

The work of Guy N Smith

Carnacki, The Ghost Finder by William Hope Hodgson

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Elastic by Leonard Mlodinow

The Sentinel by Arthur C Clarke

Atom in the Universe by Richard Feynman

Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates

Josie recommends:

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

The Happy Brain by Dean Burnett

Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit

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