Haig's next festive book called Father Christmas and Me | The BooksellerNikolas lives with his woodcutter father in a timeless, fairy-tale Finland, a bear having killed his mother years before. They are grindingly poor, and Nikolas has only ever been given two Christmas presents, a sleigh his father built and a doll made out of an old turnip. So Dad sets off with a band of dodgy desperadoes on a quest to the frozen north, promising to return in a few months, and leaving Nikolas to be looked after by the spectacularly evil, child-hating Aunt Carlotta. Eventually Nikolas can stand her mistreatment no more and embarks on his own quest to find his father. Then he almost dies in the snow, only to be magically rescued by a pair of the elves his father was seeking.
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Thank you! Nikolas is a sweet, year-old white boy who leads a hard-knock life in the woods of Finland. His mother has died, and his father, Joel is an impoverished woodcutter. Desperate for money, Joel joins a group of men on a quest to prove the existence of elves, leaving Nikolas with his ill-tempered aunt, Carlotta. Nikolas runs away to find his father, but trudging months through the woods, he faces starvation, freezing, and hopelessness.
Matt Haig is a British author for children and adults. His memoir Reasons to Stay Alive was a number one bestseller, staying in the British top ten for 46 weeks. His children's book A Boy Called Christmas was a runaway hit in his own country and is translated in over 25 languages. It is being made into a film by Studio Canal and The Guardian called it an 'instant classic'. Neil Gaiman said of his writing: 'Haig has an empathy for the human condition, the light and the dark of it, and he uses the full palette to build his excellent stories'. His novels for adults include the award-winning The Radleys and The Humans.
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Photo credit: Kan Lailey. He has sold more than a million books in the UK and his work has been translated into over forty languages. Reasons to Stay Alive Matt Haig. Notes on a Nervous Planet Matt Haig. How to Stop Time Matt Haig.