The Midnight Library

The Midnight Library

Fiction, General Fiction
Paperback Published on: 18/02/2021
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The Midnight Library
Thought Provoking
This book was recommended by a few people and it didn't disappoint. I recommend this books to customers. It really made you think about life and the path... READ MORE
Hayley Ralls - St Neots
The Midnight Library
Unexpectedly a New Favourite
I bought this book out of curiosity and it’s now a favourite of mine. I couldn’t put it down from start to finish, the poignant and equally relatable story... READ MORE
The Midnight Library
A Library of Second Chances
When Nora Seed finds herself in The Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and disappointm... READ MORE
Tash at High Wycombe
The Midnight Library
Another excellent book from Matt Haig
TW: suicide A fascinating concept and a highly enjoyable read. I can understand why this had rave reviews, Matt Haig tackles the emotional topic of suicid... READ MORE
Sarah in Wolverhampton
The Midnight Library
A must read!!
I bought this book a while ago and didn't really get around to reading it for a while. After having heard so many amazing things about it, I was actually ... READ MORE
The Midnight Library
Full of hope
After instantly drawing me in with its imaginative concept, the novel kept me engaged throughout. It was a quick and easy read, which delivered a quietly p... READ MORE
The Midnight Library
Not For Me
“The only way to learn is to live.” The Midnight Library is about the many possible lives Nora Seed could have led/could lead. But with endless possibil... READ MORE
Eden at Martlesham
The Midnight Library
Life’s Infinite Paths
Wow! What a book! I knew it would be good, but I wasn't expecting it to be so good that it would make me question every choice I've ever made in my life. I... READ MORE
Rebecca Ramires


Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Fiction Book of the Year 2021

Between life and death there is a library.

When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change. The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But things aren't always what she imagined they'd be, and soon her choices place the library and herself in extreme danger. Before time runs out, she must answer the ultimate question: what is the best way to live?

  • Publisher: Canongate Books
  • ISBN: 9781786892737
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 222g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm

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The Midnight Library
The Midnight Library - Matt Haig
I feel like I am the odd one out here, as nearly all the other reviews for this book state how amazing it is - and the positive reviews are the reason I pu... READ MORE
Jane Rowe
The Midnight Library
Absolutely loved it!!
This book is magically beautiful. In top ten for me I think. It’s a bit of everything: real, creative, magical, funny. And so well written. Simply couldn’t... READ MORE
Kaja  Szczucka
The Midnight Library
A must read
Could not put this book down and now I want to read it all over again. Such a captivating story which people ca n relate to their own lives. The main chara... READ MORE
Gemma Kenny
The Midnight Library
The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig
This is an extraordinary and life-affirming book, which beings when Nora Seed attempts to commit suicide. She finds herself in a magical place beyond tim... READ MORE
David Kenvyn
The Midnight Library
Predictable. Boring.
Inspirational story line however didn’t live up to expectation. Two chapters in and you could guess the rest of the book. I found myself skim reading se... READ MORE
April Drake
The Midnight Library
This was the first-ever book about modern times I actually read and I really enjoyed it, I just could not stop reading it and liked every piece of it.
Lotte de Hek
The Midnight Library
Just brilliant!!
I’ve never written a review on here before but I had to for this book. Inspirational, it spoke to my experiences even if I’m a little older than the main c... READ MORE
Helen Hayden
The Midnight Library
Good read
A good read and it is a book that you will enjoy if you like a good story
Patrick  Oriain
The Midnight Library
A Marmite Book...
Seduced by the rave reviews I bought this book in anticipation of a great read. The central premise offered so much promise in the ability to try out all o... READ MORE
Linda Somers
The Midnight Library
A very fascinating and unusual book.
The concept of this book is very original and quite engrossing. I found the heroine to be a bit weak at first, but I realised that the author was developi... READ MORE
Deirdre  Honey
The Midnight Library
Every now and again I like to pick a top 10 best seller outside of my comfort zone - this was one of them. This book has amazed me how out of tune I am wit... READ MORE
Dave H
The Midnight Library
What if......o
It's a strange book, however it is also cleverly written. It draws you in and holds you tight. I didn't want it to end. And for me it will resonate through... READ MORE
Ian Paternoster
The Midnight Library
I thought this was a great idea but sadly it didn’t work for me.
Joy Stockton
The Midnight Library
not worth it
the synopsis sounded good but i hated the main character, she was annoying and written like she was a teenager. the idea was cool but i thought it was bori... READ MORE
Mika Campregher
The Midnight Library
I had read lots of very positive reviews about this book but was disappointed with the story. It's plodding. I was expecting something in the vein of Jaspe... READ MORE
The Midnight Library
Life affirming!
Wholeheartedly loved this novel. Such a smooth read and beautiful book. Sad it ended, wish it was an infinite book! Forever one of my favourites.
Abby Dunn
The Midnight Library
This book starts off pretty depressing, and all throughout made me feel so, so many things, a true rollercoaster! Ends so, so happily!! I couldn’t recommen... READ MORE
Emily Forster
The Midnight Library
Midnight Library by Matt Haig
This book will resonate with so many people who wish they could go back in time and lead a different life. However ultimately it leads the reader to appr... READ MORE
The Midnight Library
Soulful, uplifting and thought provoking
This novel is compassionate, empathic and a truly poignant read. Nora, after taking an overdose, is given a chance to look at lives she could have lived an... READ MORE
Annette Sutton
The Midnight Library
Such true words
This book is a first written by Matt Haig for me. Fascinating and quite quite true. Really makes you thing about your own life and regrets which we cannot ... READ MORE
Brenda Bailey
The Midnight Library
Recently read
Sadly I must be odd, but, I didn't like this book. I had read what other people had said about it, but it wasn't for me. This said I passed it on to my g... READ MORE
Margaret Booth
The Midnight Library
if you like being preached to then you’ll like this book
I really wanted to like this book (as I spent money on it and the concept seemed good) however it felt like the author was had a very, very vague idea abou... READ MORE
Yesmin Begum
The Midnight Library
Incredibly emotional
Absolutely excellent, both horribly depressing and wonderfully uplifting.
The Midnight Library
Great read
I really enjoyed this book and thought it had such a deeper meaning. People are really struggling in the world and mental health is a real thing and not so... READ MORE
Amanda  Davis
The Midnight Library
Unusual and enjoyable
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this it was very well written
Susan James
The Midnight Library
A sequel to The Bell Jar that I never knew I needed
A beautiful concept that touches on so many issues felt in modern life, written in a way that means it's impossible to put down. The book starts with a syl... READ MORE
Beth Dent
The Midnight Library
A Really Good Read
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Interesting idea to have presented other lives one could choose. In the end - make the most of what you have.
Pauline McMinn
The Midnight Library
Heartbreaking, Enlightening & Brilliant
I went into this book with average expectations (it’s my first Haig) but wow did it blow me away!! It was EVERYTHING - heartbreaking, funny, enlightening A... READ MORE
The Midnight Library
Stunning and poetic
A beautifully written tale that inspires and is thought-provoking.
Sabine Seien-Molisso
The Midnight Library
My first time reading anything by Matt Haig
I’d heard mixed reviews on this book but honestly I absolutely loved it!! This is a book that gets you thinking about your own life and questioning your pr... READ MORE
Jodie Taylor
The Midnight Library
Superb read
Loved it! Highly recommend.
The Midnight Library
The Midnight Library
The Midnight Library is a Beautiful, witty and sometimes heartbreaking book and I loved it. Matt Haig as written a Beautiful story about Nora as she is goi... READ MORE
Gemma Roe
The Midnight Library
Be present!
Enjoyed this light read. Underneath the surface I found it thought provoking about how we see our lives. I loved references to Henry Thoreau. My takeout -... READ MORE
The Midnight Library
very nice read
hard to put down :)
maddie von malmborg
The Midnight Library
Insightful and thought provoking
This was a good and easy read. It made we think about the simple things in life and that although we can crave a better life, the life we have is the best... READ MORE
The Midnight Library
A thoughtful and alternative story
I really liked this book it was thought provoking, sad and moving in some parts, but I didn’t love it like all the accolades and reviews suggested I would ... READ MORE
Penelope Lavender
The Midnight Library
Beautiful and thought provoking.
I read this so quickly, it’s a really beautiful story. It addresses what’s important in life. Very easy read too.
Robyn Lewis
The Midnight Library
Excellent colloquial philosophy
Excellent concepts which will interest philosophers. Some ideas that stay with you, particularly relevant to those in their mid thirties. Colloquially writ... READ MORE
Mr M J Pexton
The Midnight Library
Only took me a few sittings to read this book, I got so engrossed and absolutely loved it! Just wanted to know more and more about the different lives Nora... READ MORE
Annie Johnson
The Midnight Library
Felt pulled into this magical parallel world, where the main character gets to see what might have been by revisting & reviewing regretful READ MORE
Katrina Whittingham
The Midnight Library
Loved it!
Absolutely lovely writing and such an interesting concept! I think we can all relate to the main character in wanting to have a different life. I felt seen... READ MORE
Cerys Savinkina
The Midnight Library
This book brings me to tears everytime I read it, although it is some how comforting? This book sends a beautiful message and to most people in today's soc... READ MORE
Lexey Hawkins
The Midnight Library
Extremely simple portray of depression!
I know I am an anomaly here, But I can’t understand the rave reviews on this book as a piece of writing. It’s incredibly simple from concept to content and... READ MORE
Perdeep Kang
The Midnight Library
Thought provoking.
Although a little bit like a self help book, the story concept was great, and I really enjoyed it. I liked the main protangonists and thoroughly enjoyed re... READ MORE
Kerry Short
The Midnight Library
Profound and Addictive
I spent a whole day reading this on public transport, in waiting rooms, and everywhere in between. When I wasn’t reading I was thinking about this story, a... READ MORE
The Midnight Library
Enjoyable read
Nora Seed wants to die. However, before passing she finds herself in The Midnight Library, a place where every book on the shelves contains a different lif... READ MORE
Katie Walters
The Midnight Library
Easy read
I bought this book due to all the raving reviews and I have to admit I am questioning if I’ve read the same book. “The Midnight Library” is a simple, easy ... READ MORE
The Midnight Library
This book is incredible. You just get lost in the storyline!
Sacha Michael-Harwood
The Midnight Library
I found this hard work the whole concept simply wasn’t one which I either enjoyed or particularly resonated with
christopher brayne
The Midnight Library
Very obvious ending. Knew how it would end from the start of the book
Sophie Hey
The Midnight Library
Matt Haig has written a wonderful story about life, death and regrets. It really does remind us that we can have all the chances in the world but some outc... READ MORE
The Midnight Library
There's always hope even when we feel lost.
3.5 stars This book follows a woman named Nora who suffers from depression that has led her to take her own life. During the state between life and death,... READ MORE
The Midnight Library
change of perspective
the midnight library has been one of my first and by far favourite reads of all time !! from what takes place in this book throughout it really changes you... READ MORE
Milly Woodward
The Midnight Library
Matt Haig is a genius.
Review:- Perspectives are all we know as humans. It’s what makes us different, makes us unique, but also makes us feel a little stuck. Sometimes our perspe... READ MORE
Sophie Howell
The Midnight Library
A magical beam of light
I have a mantra in life: ‘It’s not about what if, it’s about what’s next.’ I do believe that there’s such a fine line between enjoying (and reliving) memor... READ MORE
Mark Rasdall
The Midnight Library
What a turnaround!
I rate it 4.75. I first listened to the first few chapters around 3 months ago, I didn’t know why but I didn’t enjoy it at that time. However I started lis... READ MORE
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The Midnight Library
Life is not like a box of chocolates!
Like most people my life is full of regrets at the choices I've made. The idea that I could live alternate lives with different choices sounds fascinating.... READ MORE
The Midnight Library
The Midnight Library
The Midnight Library begins with the protagonist, Nora Seed, overwhelmed by depression and regrets, and plunged into the depths of despair, taking an overd... READ MORE
The Midnight Library
A gentle but uplifting read
A pleasure to read a book that gently draws you in & grips you without drama, bloodshed etc. I haven’t enjoyed a book so much in a long time, my train jour... READ MORE
Lisa Dwyer
The Midnight Library
Really good read!
I really enjoyed this book, I got through it all in 3 days! I would absolutely recommend it. I found it quite inspiring and uplifting and relatable in so m... READ MORE
The Midnight Library
In my top 10 of all time
This was amazing. Enjoyed every single page. Bravo Matt Haig!
Jenny Scott
The Midnight Library
I absolutely ADORED this book. I love Haig’s writing style. The short and long chapters makes the book really refreshing to read, and makes it easier for... READ MORE
Erin Hickey
The Midnight Library
Live a little see the what if .
I loved this book. It effected me astoundingly. Having lost a few people to their dark thoughts and some who have tried to leave before their time. It was ... READ MORE
Rhona Ferguson
The Midnight Library
A book that moved me to tears!
I've always been a person that's been interested in theories about life and death and the in between of them and this book fed me just that. I adored every... READ MORE
Hayley Sparks
The Midnight Library
The Most Important Read
What an interesting concept to dive into: the chance to live out every life and every dream you've ever imagined living! "The Midnight Library" ended exac... READ MORE
Charlotte Cook-Evans
The Midnight Library
I love the concept, I love the message, but for me this book really fell short
“’Want is an interesting word. It means lack. Sometimes if we fill that lack with something else the original want disappears entirely. Maybe you have a la... READ MORE
Rob S
The Midnight Library
Hits very hard but brilliantly written.
Howard Richards
The Midnight Library
Inspired writing.
Unlike anything else that I have read, I picked this up whilst reading one of Matt Haig 's non fiction books. I thoroughly enjoyed the idea of the library ... READ MORE
Sam Rigby
The Midnight Library
Life-changing and life-affirming
Anybody that is unsure of where their life is headed, unhappy with the way it's gone so far, how it's currently going or not going, I beg you with every at... READ MORE
The Midnight Library
A beautiful and honest journey
Wow. I'm a bit overwhelmed with emotion after reading this one, but in a good way. Matt's books always seem to come into my life when I need them the mos... READ MORE
Lucie Scott
The Midnight Library
Great book and the journey you follow is insightful. It’s a book I would recommend and definitely read again!
Kendal Walker
The Midnight Library
Highlights the joys of life and living
This story is so beautiful! Going into this book, I was well aware that was a lot of hype around it so I was slightly worried that I would be disappointed.... READ MORE
Bethany Green
The Midnight Library
A very uplifting book - just right for these times. It carries an important message for today
The Midnight Library
Unexpectedly amazing
When this book it made me question so many things within my own life and to appreciate the things that I did have. The story is absolutely amazing
The Midnight Library
Absolutely magnificent
This book was recommended to me by a friend, and honestly... I cried, I laughed and I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. This book incorporated topics of Suicide and ... READ MORE
The Midnight Library
Really easy fast read
Absolutely loved this book. Fast read took a day, lovely story too the message stuck with me a lot after
Megan Rayner
The Midnight Library
The only way to learn is to live
From the moment I started reading, I could not put the book down. Such a marvel of life…
Fotios Andrikoulas
The Midnight Library
Go read this
It is such an amazing book and it really made me think.
Rosalind Chalmers
The Midnight Library
A boost for the love of life
This story, so beautifully written, is the perfect opportunity for self reflection and to realise that our lives, no matter what, are so truly amazing. I ... READ MORE
The Midnight Library
Saved me
I’m going through a rough stage of my life and this book has helped me look at life differently. It’s amazing
Neve Smith
The Midnight Library
Like a hug for the post-pandemic society that are struggling to find their way.
Admittedly, I decided to read this book due to the glowing review from BTS member RM when he read it in a recent TV show, but it was a book on my wishlist ... READ MORE
The Midnight Library
Truly enamouring.
Never before has a book captivated me to the extent that I have not put it down. A very good piece of literature.
Abigail Taylor
The Midnight Library
A Powerful Tale
I heard amazing things about this book and was not disappointed! It is such a powerful tale that made for extremely compelling reading. I turned the last p... READ MORE
The Midnight Library
Touching and smart
It makes you think about choices and possibilities. And most of all what really matters in life.
Siyana Atanasova
The Midnight Library
A different perspective!
A great read!! Matt Haig has done extremely well with the midnight club. The book gives you real perspective of the journey of life and how each life decis... READ MORE
The Midnight Library
Trinity Tate - English literature and Philosophy student
Intense, captivating, emotional, unputdownable - what a writer!
Trinity Tate
The Midnight Library
Truly Heartwarming.
Absolutely loved this - didn't want it to end. Was constantly rooting for Nora. Her story gives great perspective on life. Highly recommend!
Lisa Coyle
The Midnight Library
Made more of an impact on me than I realised....
When I first started this novel I very quickly got into the characters and I think a lot of people could identify with the protagonists. Especially if they... READ MORE
Anne Eastwood
The Midnight Library
Truly thought-provoking
Now, I'm not particularly good at writing reviews, but this book was too good not to write one! I wasn't too sure about the book when I first bought it,... READ MORE
Caitlin  Chisholm
The Midnight Library
OK book
Premise was really good and I did enjoy the book but it was full of clichés, some cringe deep quotes which I don't normally enjoy. However, I'm glad I read... READ MORE
The Midnight Library
Book of regrets
I've recently read this and I have to say, it's not one of my favourite books. I like the premise of second chances and fixing mistakes but I don't think ... READ MORE
The Midnight Library
An emotional read. Great book.
The Midnight Library
An uncomfortable but moving read
First off - let me say that if you are struggling with your mental health or suicidal thoughts, this is probably one to keep on your TBR list for the time ... READ MORE
Alexandra Hamilton
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Best book to encourage reading
I read this a year ago and when I get asked for a great book this is my number one recommendation for 2 reasons. 1. Usually folks asking me aren't avid rea... READ MORE
Nav Jagpal
The Midnight Library
Bought this book on a whim after hearing people talk about it in passing. Turns out me and my mum ended up reading it at the exact same time. One of the be... READ MORE