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The Humans by Matt Haig
  

The Humans

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May 2013 Book of the Month.

A funny and touching exploration into what it is to be human. After solving the world’s greatest mathematical riddle Professor Andrew Martin is found naked walking on a motorway after having had a spectacular mental breakdown... after such a high, normal life seems pointless and people he once loved repulsive. The latest novel from the continually surprising author of TV Book Club hit of 2011 The Radleys.

If you like Matt Haig you might also like to read books by Glen Duncan, Joe Hill and Joe Dunthorne.

Synopsis

The Humans by Matt Haig

One wet Friday evening, Professor Andrew Martin of Cambridge University solves the world's greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Besides the lack of clothes, he now finds normal life pointless. His loving wife and teenage son seem repulsive to him. In fact, he hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton. And he's a dog. Can a bit of Debussy and Emily Dickinson keep him from murder? Can the species which invented cheap white wine and peanut butter sandwiches be all that bad? And what is the warm feeling he gets when he looks into his wife's eyes?

Reviews

'The Humans is tremendous; a kind of Curious Incident meets The Man Who Fell to Earth. It's funny, touching and written in a highly appealing voice' -- Joanne Harris

'The Humans is a laugh-and-cry book. Troubling, thrilling, puzzling, believable and impossible. Matt Haig uses words like a tin-opener. We are the tin' -- Jeanette Winterson

'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

'Excellent ... very human and touching indeed' -- Patrick Ness

'Insightful, frightening and uplifting' GUARDIAN on The Radleys

'A novelist of great seriousness and talent' NEW YORK TIMES

'Witty and humane' DAILY MAIL, on The Radleys

'Delightfully weird' GUARDIAN, on The Dead Fathers Club

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."

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Publication date

9th May 2013

Author

Matt Haig

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Publisher

Canongate Books Ltd

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Hardback

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ISBN

9780857868763

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