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Humans: An A-Z by Matt Haig

Humans: An A-Z

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After all those “guidebooks” and “travel-back-in-time” histories giving us a modern take on Elizabethan England et al, Matt Haig has come up with a guide book for anyone visiting the Planet Earth. It will help visitors and space tourists in everything from casual encounters to more prolonged bouts of interaction. Phrase book, dictionary and survival guide all-in-one it will prove invaluable for all planetary visitors wherever they might land.

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Humans: An A-Z by Matt Haig

Do you: Know a human?; Love a human?; Have trouble dealing with humans? If you've answered yes to any of the above, this book is for you. Whether you are planning a high level of human interaction or just a casual visit to the planet, this user-guide to the human race will help you translate their sayings, understand exotic concepts such as 'democracy' and 'sofas', and make sense of their habits and bizarre customs. A phrase book, a dictionary and a survival guide, this book unravels all the oddness, idiosyncrasies and wonder of the species, allowing everyone to make the most of their time on Earth.


Matt Haig is astounding -- STEPHEN FRY PRAISE FOR THE HUMANS: Matt Haig's hilarious novel puts our species on

the spot * * Guardian * * Wonderfully funny, gripping and inventive

novel * * The Times * * The Humans is

tremendous; a kind of Curious Incident meets The Man

Who Fell to Earth -- JOANNE HARRIS A novel with an enormous heart, infused with a sense of gratitude for everything that makes us who we are * * Daily Express * *

About the Author

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 and foremost. About how we learn to come to terms with who we are, independent of the ideas our parents had for us. About how we decide our own identities. As well as what shapes those identities - who we choose to love, and hate, admire and fear. It is about how denying ourselves can sometimes be more dangerous than succumbing to tempation. This is the story I wanted to tell. I never set out to write a vampire story, but vampires were the obvious choice. After all, as family secrets go, you can't get much bigger than finding out you are actually a full-blown creature of the night. And hopefully it fits as a metaphor for teenage life. A life full of physical changes, forbidden cravings, and feelings of being an outsider. In that sense, we've probably all been vampires at some stage."

Author photo © Clive Doyle

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Publication date

1st January 2015


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160 pages


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