Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Byline: William Leith

REASONS TO STAY ALIVE by Matt Haig (Canongate, PS7.99) I'M NOT depressive, so I'm one of those people who doesn't really understand depression. "It is like explaining life on earth to an alien," says Matt Haig. But he has done an immensely good job of explanation. "Now, listen," he says. "If you have ever believed a depressive wants to be happy, you are wrong. They could not care less about the luxury of happiness. They just want to feel an absence of pain." He is full of ideas, and this book is very clear and a brilliant analysis of mental pain. Read it if you're depressed and if you're not depressed. Whoever you are, this book will help you.

DISCLAIMER by Renee Knight (Black Swan, PS7.99) CATHERINE has a secret. She's married to Robert, who doesn't know the secret. They're a middleaged London couple. Catherine has been keeping the secret for years and years. One day she finds a book, and her life begins to unravel. …

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