A year ago however, when he’d just pressed “send” and emailed the manuscript to his publishers, Matt didn’t feel either of those things – he felt scared. It had taken 15 long years to summon the courage to write about his depression. He was going public about something one in five of us experience in the privacy of our own families and he felt exposed and fearful. Matt is this year’s City Reads author and his bestselling novel The Humans has been selected for the whole of Brighton and Hove and the surrounding areas to read together (think giant book group), during October. The Humans tells the story of Professor Andrew Martin, who after an “incident” one wet Friday night is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge, not feeling quite himself. Something has happened to Professor Martin and he has become lost in an alien world. He finds all humans repulsive, food revolts him, and the only meaningful conversations he has are with Newton, but he’s a dog.
I met up with Matt to discuss his work and in particular to talk about his novel The Humans, which he feels most proud of writing and describes as the companion piece to his recent memoir Reasons to Stay Alive.
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