Notes on a Nervous Planet – Matt Haig | Review

I remember a friend of mine, Liz, reading this book and adoring it so much – it was all over her Instagram stories and I kept thinking “I have to pick this book up!”. Thankfully, the kind people over at Allen & Unwin sent me a copy of the paperback edition when it was released, so i could finally sink my teeth in to this gorgeous little book.


The world is messing with our minds. What if there was something we could do about it?

Looking at sleep, news, social media, addiction, work and play, Matt Haig invites us to feel calmer, happier and to question the habits of the digital age. This book might even change the way you spend your precious time on earth.

Blurb from Book Depository.


I started this book when I was laying in bed, sick with a cold, and not ready to wrap my head around any long fiction read. Honestly, it was probably the perfect time to pick the book up, as I’d been struggling with juggling full-time work, managing a frisbee nationals team, and keeping up with my book blog and Instagram account (which, let’s be honest, fell by the wayside for a couple of months there), which had left me very little time at home to just chill out and regroup after a stressful day/week/month. I could very much feel myself becoming more irritable and easily frustrated, because I didn’t feel like I’d had a second to just breathe. And then, I read this book.

Matt Haig has a lovely way of writing in this book that makes you feel like you’re just chilling out with him over a cup of coffee, chatting about the world and how INSANE it is at times, but also how beautiful it can be. The short chapters of this book, broken up in to parts, make it an easy one to dip in and out of if you want to, or to fly through if you have the time as each chapter is so easily digestible despite the fact some of them tackle some pretty big concepts.

The book looks at anxiety and how the age of social media has changed the world drastically (and I have to agree there). There are some great conversation starters in the book too…not in a cheesy or intentional way either, more in the way that Haig manages to take these concepts and speak about them in a way that doesn’t make them seem like these huge issues to tackle, but gives actionable and easy tips on taking them on a small chunk at a time.

As far as non fiction books go, this one is a really accessible one. It’s written in simple, conversational language and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Despite this, it holds some nuggets of wisdom that help you finish the book feeling like a marginally more well-rounded human. Or maybe that’s just me, I guess it all depends where your starting bar is set 😉


Verdict: A perfect book to dip in and out of over time, or read in one hit! It’s one you will want to keep coming back to.

Page Length: 320

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

All I can say is, pick this book up and read it. As someone who left it a long time before picking it up, I can tell you that was a mistake!

Have you read this, and what did you think if you did? Or have I convinced you to read it yet? 😉

M xx

Buy ‘Notes on a Nervous Planet’ here

Thank you to Allen & Unwin for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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