During lockdown my friend Kirsty set up the wonderful Boozy Book Club; pairing books with bespoke cocktails and thoughtfully curated gifts and packaging them up in a beautiful box, recipients would meet on-line at the end of the month to discuss the book with the author! We both adored The Midnight Library and wanted it to be in the box, but knew it would be a tricky mission to persuade Matt. But we did, and it truly was a team effort - thank you Sarah E for the introduction and to Matt's wife Andrea, for being so kind and saying yes.
Matt Haig was, as expected, an amazing guest. The Midnight Library is his 20th book, and he talked us through the process, the characters, and the dreaded editing. He spoke about the good in reframing uncertainty (this was recorded during the 3rd lockdown so particularly poignant), discussed some of his favourite books and quotes, and talked about chatting to us again when his book The Christmasaurus launched (must follow that up!).
Matt made us laugh, brought joy to a pretty joyless time, and helped us raise £500 for his nominated Charity Papyrus.
I hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed recording it.