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  • Father Christmas and Me

    Matt Haig, Natascha McElhone, Canongate Books

    Audiobook (Canongate Books, Oct. 12, 2017)
    It isn't always easy growing up as a human in Elfhelm, even if your adoptive parents are the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas. For one thing, Elf School can be annoying when you have to sing Christmas songs every day - even in July - and when you fail all your toy-making tests. Also it can get very, very cold. But when the jealous Easter Bunny and his rabbit army launch an attack to stop Christmas, it's up to Amelia, her new family and the elves to keep Christmas alive. Before it's too late....
  • Notes on a Nervous Planet

    Matt Haig, Canongate Books

    Audible Audiobook (Canongate Books, July 5, 2018)
    The world is messing with our minds. Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected yet feel more alone. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index. How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad? How do we stay human in a technological world? How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious? After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig. And he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him. Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the 21st century.
  • Life of Pi

    Yann Martel, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Canongate Books

    Audible Audiobook (Canongate Books, June 1, 2017)
    One boy, one boat, one tiger.... British comedian, actor and broadcaster Sanjeev Bhaskar, OBE performs this brilliant edition of a work of fiction that is loved by fans around the world. After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a 16 year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orangutan - and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for an extraordinary adventure.
  • The Truth Pixie

    Matt Haig, Olivia Colman, Canongate Books

    Audible Audiobook (Canongate Books, Dec. 4, 2018)
    A brand new story for younger children from number one best-selling author Matt Haig. It's Reasons to Stay Alive for children: helping kids to feel okay about who they are. A very special edition of Matt Haig's best-selling children's story, read by Olivia Colman. For every copy sold of this exclusive Audible edition Canongate will donate 50p in aid of Unicef UK. From number one best-selling author Matt Haig comes a hilarious and heartwarming story. Wherever she is, whatever the day, She only has one kind of thing to say. Just as cats go miaow and cows go moo, The Truth Pixie can only say things that are true. A very funny and lovable tale of how one special pixie learned to love herself. The Truth Pixie is an enchanting, rhyming story that will delight younger children.
  • The Truth Pixie

    Matt Haig

    Hardcover (Canongate Books, Nov. 5, 2019)
    From number one bestselling author Matt Haig comes a hilarious and heartwarming story, brilliantly illustrated throughout by Chris Mould“Wherever she is, whatever the day,She only has one kind of thing to say.Just as cats go miaow and cows go moo,The Truth Pixie can only say things that are true.”A very funny and lovable tale of how one special pixie learned to love herself. The Truth Pixie is an enchanting, rhyming story that will delight younger readers – with words by the bestselling mastermind Matt Haig and pictures by the inky genius Chris Mould.
  • Almost Everything: Notes on Hope

    Anne Lamott

    Paperback (Canongate Books, Nov. 7, 2019)
    Despair and uncertainty surround us: in the news, in our families, and in ourselves. But even when life is at its bleakest, Anne Lamott shows how we can rediscover the hope and wisdom that are buried within us and that can make life sweeter than we ever imagined. Divided into short chapters that explore life's essential truths, Almost Everything pinpoints these moments of insight and, with warmth and humour, offers a path forward.
  • A Boy Called Christmas

    Matt Haig, Stephen Fry, Canongate Books

    Audible Audiobook (Canongate Books, Nov. 2, 2016)
    You are about to listen to the true story of Father Christmas. It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible. If you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. It is most certainly not for you. Because this audiobook is full of impossible things. Are you still reading? Good. Then let us begin.... A Boy Called Christmas is a tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow, and an 11-year-old boy called Nikolas, who isn't afraid to believe in magic. From the winner of The Smarties Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award. With illustrations by Chris Mould.
  • Reasons to Stay Alive

    Matt Haig, Canongate Books Ltd

    Audible Audiobook (Canongate Books Ltd, March 5, 2015)
    What Does it mean to feel truly alive? Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth. "I wrote this book because the oldest cliches remain the truest. Time heals. The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven't been able to see it . . . Words, just sometimes, really can set you free."
  • The Brain: The Story of You

    David Eagleman, Canongate Books Ltd

    Audible Audiobook (Canongate Books Ltd, Nov. 5, 2015)
    This is the story of how your life shapes your brain and how your brain shapes your life. Locked in the silence and darkness of your skull, the brain fashions the rich narratives of your reality and your identity. Join renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman for a journey into the questions at the heart of our existence. What is reality? Who are 'you'? How do you make decisions? Why does your brain need other people? How is technology poised to change what it means to be human? In the course of his investigations, Eagleman guides us through the world of extreme sports, criminal justice, facial expressions, genocide, brain surgery, gut feelings, robotics, and the search for immortality. Strap in for a whistle-stop tour into the inner cosmos. In the infinitely dense tangle of billions of brain cells and their trillions of connections, something emerges that you might not have expected to see in there: you.
  • Making Evil: The Science Behind Humanity’s Dark Side

    Dr. Julia Shaw, Canongate Books

    Audible Audiobook (Canongate Books, Feb. 7, 2019)
    Why do we think and do evil? What can science teach us about why humans do bad things? And what do our reactions to deviance teach us about ourselves? Drawing together science, psychology and philosophy, Julia Shaw unlocks the intricacies of the world of criminal psychology. Grappling with thorny dilemmas from 'would I kill baby Hitler?' to 'why do I want to murder my spouse?', Making Evil will give you a better understanding of the world, yourself and your Google search history. Original, fresh and rigorous, Making Evil shines a searching light into the darker corners of the human psyche, illuminating a modern science of evil.
  • Pimp: The Story Of My Life

    Iceberg Slim, Irvine Welsh

    eBook (Canongate Books, Feb. 5, 2009)
    In this astonishing account, Iceberg Slim reveals the secret inner world of the pimp, and the smells, sounds, fears and petty triumphs of his world. A legendary figure of the Chicago underworld, this is his story: from defending his mother against the men in their lives to becoming a giant of the streets.A seething tale of brutality, cunning and greed, Pimp is a harrowing portrait of life on the wrong side of the tracks, and a rich warning from a true survivor.
  • The Chosen Ones: Worldquake, Book 2

    Scarlett Thomas, Roger Allam, Canongate Books

    Audible Audiobook (Canongate Books, April 5, 2018)
    There is magic beyond the real world.... Effie Truelove has learned to travel through magical books to the Otherworld. Maximillian Underwood, Effie's classmate, is more interested in the dark and forbidden Underworld. When Effie and Maximilian both mysteriously vanish, their friends Raven, Lexy and Wolf don't know where to turn for help. Raven is a witch, and her horse, Echo, has revealed that Effie is in deep danger and time is running out. To make things worse, Raven's mother, the author Laurel Wilde, is caught up in a plot with the ruthless billionaire Albion Freake, who will stop at nothing to become invincible. Where are Effie and Maximilian? Are their disappearances connected? And can Albion Freake's deadly plan be stopped?