Matt Haig Books in Order (+ New 2024 Book)

Last Updated on March 2, 2024 by Taylor

If you’re a fan of Matt Haig or you’re curious to learn more about his books, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s a complete list of Matt Haig’s books in order, including his breakout bestseller, The Midnight Library, and his newest novel coming in 2024.

Matt Haig books in order

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Who is Matt Haig?

Matt Haig is a popular bestselling author of numerous genres – both fiction and non-fiction – and many audiences, from adult to young adult to children’s books.

Many of his adult fiction novels include a partial fantasy or science fiction element, and his nonfiction books are focused around mental health.

Matt Haig’s books have either won or been nominated for numerous awards. His novel The Midnight Library won the 2020 Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction.

His young adult and children’s books have been nominated multiple times for the Carnegie Medal, among others.

Matt Haig Books for Adults In Order

And now, all of Matt Haig’s books in order! In this post, I’ve broken them down by audience type, starting with all of his adult books (both fiction and non-fiction), in order of publication date.

His young adult and children’s books are listed in the next two sections (also in order of release date).

The Labrador Pact

The Labrador Pact book cover

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Synopsis: This story centers around a dog (Labrador Retriever) named Prince, and the way he holds his family together despite all the troubles going on around them.

Release date: January 1st, 2004

The Possession of Mr. Cave

The Possession of Mr Cave book cover

Genre: Contemporary Horror/Thriller/Fantasy

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Synopsis: Terence Cave has faced many tragedies in his life, including the deaths of his mother and young wife. He is now left to raise his remaining teenage daughter Bryony alone, after one of his twins died in an accident.

Terence becomes fiercely overprotective of Bryony – and soon starts hearing voices in his head.

Release date: January 27th, 2008

The Humans

The Humans by Matt Haig book cover

Genre: Science Fiction/Humor

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Synopsis: An extraterrestrial arrives on Earth and assimilates by taking the place of a mathematician at Cambridge. Right away, he is baffled and disgusted by humans.

But soon, he starts to see the beauty of humanity – and he starts to question the mission that brought him to Earth.

(Matt Haig also wrote a companion book to this novel, titled Humans: An A to Z.)

Release date: May 9th, 2013

Reasons to Stay Alive

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig book cover

Genre: Nonfiction/Memoir/Mental Health

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Synopsis: A memoir about Matt Haig’s struggle with depression, and how he was able to change his life and learn to live.

Release date: March 5th, 2015

How to Stop Time

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig book cover

Genre: Fantasy/Historical Fiction

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Synopsis: Tom Hazard looks like a 41-year old, but due to a rare condition, he’s actually been alive for centuries. The society that protects people like him has one rule: No falling in love.

But when he meets a woman who might be the love of his life, he’s forced into a difficult choice.

Release date: July 6th, 2017

Notes on a Nervous Planet

Notes On A Nervous Planet book cover

Genre: Nonfiction/Memoir/Mental Health

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Synopsis: Matt Haig’s follow-up memoir centers around how modern society feeds into our anxieties, and how to change one’s life for the better.

Release date: July 5th , 2018

The Midnight Library

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig book cover

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Fantasy/Science Fiction

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Synopsis: Nora Seed isn’t sure she wants to be alive. But when she finds herself between life and death, she sees a library of books all around her.

All the books represent different realities – based on all the decisions Nora’s made in her life – that she can jump into and experience. But this library won’t last forever, and Nora must make a crucial choice.

Here are my favorite quotes from The Midnight Library!

Release date: August 13th, 2020

The Comfort Book

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig book cover

Genre: Nonfiction/Memoir/Mental Health

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Synopsis: This self-help memoir provides encouragement and hope for anyone who needs a little reminder of the beauty in life.

Release date: July 6th, 2021

The Life Impossible (New 2024 Book by Matt Haig)

The Life Impossible book cover

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Synopsis: In Matt Haig’s newest novel, a retired teacher named Grace receives an unexpected inheritance from a long-lost friend: an old house on a beachy Mediterranean island.

When she arrives, she tries to find out what happened to her friend. But the answers she finds are much stranger than she ever imagined.

Release date: September 3rd, 2024

Matt Haig Young Adult Books in Order

  • The Dead Fathers Club (2006)
  • The Radleys (2010)
  • The Ghost Walk (2012) (Short Story – Audible Audiobook Only)
  • Echo Boy (2014)

Matt Haig Children’s Books in Order

  • Samuel Blink and the Forbidden Forest (Shadow Forest #1) (2007)
  • Samuel Blink and the Runaway Troll (Shadow Forest #2) (2008)
  • To Be A Cat (2012)
  • A Boy Called Christmas (Christmas #1) (2016)
  • The Girl Who Saved Christmas (Christmas #2) (2016)
  • Father Christmas and Me (Christmas #3) (2017)
  • The Truth Pixie (Christmas #3.5) (2018)
  • Evie and the Animals (2019)
  • The Truth Pixie Goes to School (Christmas #3.6) (2019)
  • Evie in the Jungle (2020)
  • A Mouse Called Miika (Christmas #1.5) (2021)

Have any of Matt Haig’s books been made into movies or TV adaptations?

Yes! His children’s book A Boy Called Christmas was adapted into a movie starring Maggie Smith and Henry Lawfull in 2021. A movie adaptation of The Midnight Library is currently in development.

Additionally, an adaptation of Haig’s novel How to Stop Time is also in development, set to star Benedict Cumberbatch. An adaptation of his young adult book The Radleys is also in development, set to star Damian Lewis.

Do you need to read Matt Haig’s books in order?

Aside from Matt Haig’s children’s book series’ Christmas and Shadow Forest, his books don’t need to be read in a specific order.

I hope this list of Matt Haig books in order helps you figure out which book to read next (or which one to start with)!

2 thoughts on “Matt Haig Books in Order (+ New 2024 Book)”

  1. Thanks! I’ve been looking for my next read and came across Matt Haig’s work. I was uncertain if I should start with the Humans or Midnight Library. The concern was did one lead in to the other. Thanks so much for this blog and for clearing up my question.

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