The Humans by Matt Haig

The Humans

byMatt Haig

Paperback | July 2, 2013

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The bestselling, award-winning author of The Radleys is back with what may be his best, funniest, and most devastating dark comedy yet. When an extraterrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than positive. Taking the form of Professor Andrew Martin, a prominent mathematician at

Cambridge University, the visitor is eager to complete the gruesome task assigned him and hurry back home to the utopian world of his own planet, where everyone enjoys immortality and infinite knowledge.

He is disgusted by the way humans look, what they eat, and their capacity for murder and war, and he is equally baffled by the concepts of love and family. But as time goes on, he starts to realize there may be more to this weird species than he has been led to believe. Disguised as Martin, he drinks wine, reads poetry, and develops an ear for rock music and a taste for peanut butter. Slowly, unexpectedly, he forges bonds with Martin’s family, and in picking up the pieces of the professor’s shattered personal life, he begins to see hope and beauty in the humans’ imperfections and to question the mission that brought him here.

Praised by The New York Times as a “novelist of great seriousness and talent,” Matt Haig delivers an unlikely story about human nature and the joy found in the messiness of life on Earth. The Humans is a funny, compulsively readable tale that playfully and movingly explores the ultimate subject—ourselves.

About The Author

MATT HAIG has published four adult novels, including the critically acclaimedThe Radleys. He has also published two children’s novels,Shadow Forest(winner of the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize) andThe Runaway Troll. He lives in York, England, with his family.Visit him online at matthaig.com.'Like' Matt on Facebook: Matt HaigFollow Matt o...
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Title:The HumansFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 0.76 inPublished:July 2, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443423653

ISBN - 13:9781443423656

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“Matt 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.”