Between life and death, there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?”
Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe, there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?
In ‘The Midnight Library’, Matt Haig’s enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.
Also a journalist, Matt Haig was born in Sheffield, England in 1975. He writes books for both adults and children, often blending the worlds of domestic reality and outright fantasy, with a quirky twist. His bestselling novels are translated into 28 languages. The Guardian has described his writing as “delightfully weird” and the New York Times has called him “a novelist of great talent” whose writing is “funny, riveting and heartbreaking”.
His novels for adults are ‘The Last Family in England’, narrated by a labrador and optioned for film by Brad Pitt; The Dead Fathers Club’ (2006), an update of ‘Hamlet’ featuring an 11-year-old boy; ‘The Possession of Mr. Cave’ (2008), about a man obsessed with his daughter’s safety, and his vampire novel ‘The Radleys’ (2010) which won Channel 4’s TV Book Club public vote and was shortlisted for a Galaxy National Book Award (UK).
The film rights to all his adult novels have been sold. His next adult novel is ‘The Humans’ (2013). It is the story of an alien who takes the identity of a university lecturer whose work in mathematics threatens the stability of the planet who must also cope with the home life which accompanies his task.
His multi-award winning popular first novel for children, ‘Shadow Forest’ was published in 2007 and its sequel, ‘The Runaway Troll’, in 2009. His most recent children’s novel is ‘To Be A Cat’ (2012).