Matt Haig's first novel for young readers, Shadow Forest, won the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award and the Gold Smarties Award. His latest children’s book is To Be A Cat. Reviewers have called Matt’s writing 'totally engrossing', 'touching, quirky and macabre' and 'so surprising and strange that it vaults into a realm all of its own'.
Q: What books did you read when you were a child?
A: I read everything from Enid Blyton to Dahl to Arthur Ransome (yawn), Tove Jansson to catalogues about tractors. I LOVED tractors.
Q: If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
A: Peter Pan.
Q: What is the best thing about reading?
A: The best thing about reading is entering another world that may feel like this world but one in which we can enter freely. Reading also allows us to explore our unlived lives and visit parallel universes. It is also he closest thing we’ll get to time travel.
Q: What is your all time favourite book?
A: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. This was the book that first got me into reading seriously as a teenager. It is probably not the best book in the world but it’s the one that offered me comfort during troubled times.