The Humans

by Matt Haig

Books of the Month - <b>July</b> Family Drama Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

LoveReading View on The Humans

April 2014 Book of the Month.

It’s incredibly difficult to say anything about The Humans other than to encourage you to read it for yourself to discover how utterly delightful, enjoyable and fascinating it truly is. Having solved an equation too powerful for us to know, aliens intercede to kill Professor Andrew Martin and send a shapeshifter in his place whose contempt for humanity gradually turns to love. It is a stunning book that everyone should read.


A 2014 World Book Night selection.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Humans Synopsis

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME. OR IS THERE? After an 'incident' one wet Friday night where Professor Andrew Martin is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge, he is not feeling quite himself. Food sickens him. Clothes confound him. Even his loving wife and teenage son are repulsive to him. He feels lost amongst a crazy alien species and hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton, and he's a dog. What could possibly make someone change their mind about the human race...?

The Humans Press Reviews

'Matt Haig's hilarious novel puts our species on the spot' Guardian


'A wonderfully funny, gripping and inventive novel. Like Kurt Vonnegut and Audrey Niffenegger, Haig uses the tropes of science fiction to explore and satirise concepts of free will, love, marriage, logic, immortality and mercy with elegance and poignancy' -  The Times


'A brilliant exploration of what it is to love, and to be human, The Humans is both heartwarming and hilarious, weird, and utterly wonderful. One of the best books I've read in a very long time' -- S J WATSON


'A novel with an enormous heart, infused with a sense of gratitude for everything that makes us who we are -- Charlotte Heathcote Daily Express

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780857868787
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780857868763
Publication date: 09/05/2013
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780857868787
Publication date: 3rd April 2014
Author: Matt Haig
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Matt Haig

Matt Haig was born in Sheffield in 1975 and grew up in Nottinghamshire. He has lived in London and Spain, and now lives in north Yorkshire. His writing has frequently appeared in the UK press. He is the author of The Last Family in England, a UK bestseller narrated by a Labrador, The Dead Fathers Club, an update of Hamlet featuring an eleven-year-old boy and The Possession of Mr Cave. He has also written two children's novels, Shadow Forest, and its sequel The Runaway Troll. Matt Haig on his teen novel, The Radleys: "This is a story about growing up, first ...

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