The Humans

Paperback | July 2, 2013

byMatt Haig

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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.

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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 atCambridge U...

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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Format: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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"A brilliant exploration of what it is to love, and to be human. . . .Heartwarming and hilarious, weird and utterly wonderful. One of the best books I've read in a very long time." -S. J. WATSON, AUTHOR OF BEFORE I GO TO SLEEPPRAISE FOR THE RADLEYS:"A very funny book-social satire masquerading as flippant black humour. It's rare that you can call a novel charming that involves murder and blood-drinking, but that's exactly what Matt Haig has provided us: a smart little fable and commentary on suburban living and family dysfunction, told with a sly wink and a great deal of wit and humour." -THE GLOBE AND MAIL"[A] novelist of considerable seriousness and talent." -THE NEW YORK TIMES