Body-snatching has never been so heartwarming . .
The Humans is a funny, compulsively readable novel
about alien abduction, mathematics and that most interesting
subject of all: ourselves. Combine Douglas Adams'' irreverent take
on life, the universe and everything with a genuinely moving love
story, and you have some idea of the humour, originality and
poignancy of Matt Haig''s latest novel.
Our hero, Professor Andrew Martin, is dead before the book even
begins. As it turns out, though, he wasn''t a very nice man-as the
alien imposter who now occupies his body discovers. Sent to Earth
to destroy evidence that Andrew had solved a major mathematical
problem, the alien soon finds himself learning more about the
professor, his family and "the humans" than he ever expected. When
he begins to fall for his own wife and son-who have no idea he''s
not the real Andrew-he must choose between completing his mission
and returning home, or findinga new home, right here on Earth.