The Humans

The Humans

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After an 'incident' one wet Friday night where Professor Andrew Martin is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge, he is not feeling quite himself. Food sickens him. Clothes confound him. Even his loving wife and teenage son are repulsive to him. He feels lost amongst a crazy alien species and hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton - and he's a dog.

What could possibly make someone change their mind about the human race. . . ?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 19mm | 215g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 0857868780
  • 9780857868787
  • 8,148

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"Matt Haig's hilarious novel puts our species on the spot." (Guardian)
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Matt Haig's hilarious novel puts our species on the spot * * Guardian * * 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 Haig's unexpectedly raw tale of love, belonging, and peanut butter... It's funny, clever and quite, quite lovely -- Sam Baker * * Sunday Times * * A wonderfully funny, gripping and inventive novel. Like Kurt Vonnegut and Audrey Niffenegger, Haig uses the tropes of science fiction to explore and satirise concepts of free will, love, marriage, logic, immortality and mercy with elegance and poignancy * * The Times * * Extraordinary * * The Independent * * Utterly wonderful -- MARK BILLINGHAM Excellent . . . very human and touching indeed -- PATRICK NESS 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 This is a tender, funny novel about the often irrational ways humans behave, written in accessible prose, and invites comparison with Mark Haddon and Patrick Ness * * The Independent on Sunday * * Astute, drolly hilarious and occasionally beautiful, full of poignant and painful insight into what it is to be human -- Jay Richardson * * The List * * Haig strikes exactly the right tone of bemusement, discovery, and wonder in creating what is ultimately a sweet-spirited celebration of humanity and the trials and triumphs of being human. The result is a thought-provoking, compulsively readable delight * * Booklist * * This is a book I can see myself returning to again and again. I love it! * * Curiosity Killed The Bookworm * * The Humans is a romantic look at people, at what builds us and what we have achieved. This can be seen in the wistful glances of poetry and music. If you took out all of the narrative aspects, The Humans could be seen as a collection of essays from a man pondering his own existence. Thank you Matt, for this map you have drawn for me and many others * * Utter Biblio * * My praise for this book is never-ending - I genuinely haven't loved a book as much as I love this one, in a very long time - and I'm sure that it will stay with me for a very long time to come. This is a book that I think everyone - regardless of your preferred genres - should pick up and read. It will have you laughing, give you goosebumps, make you gasp, bring a tear to your eye, and warm you from the inside out. This is, in my opinion, a perfect masterpiece * * Pen to Paper * * THE HUMANS is the best thing I've read this year by a mile. It's going straight on my list of books I wish I'd written -- GAVIN EXTENCE author of The Universe versus Alex Woods A novel with an enormous heart, infused with a sense of gratitude for everything that makes us who we are -- Charlotte Heathcote * * Daily Express * * It's hard to describe just how good The Humans is. It's a book that has something for everybody. After all, it's about all of us. Funny and life affirming, it's one of those rarest of books; a feel good read that will stay with you long after reading. Read it, share it, live it * * Robin's Books * * Witty and insightful and brilliantly written in a way that makes it easy to love * * Liz Loves Books * * The Humans is thoughtful, hopeful and honest and I loved every page * * So Little Time * * Full of dark humour and dry one-liners, and (former broadsheet journalist) Haig's unfussy style makes it an easy, enjoyable read * * The Forester * * A delightful, refreshing, humorous book that will remind you to treasure the joy in life * * What Hannah Read * * Humane, bittersweet and very moving -- IAN RANKIN A story which makes you appreciate that human life really isn't so bad * * Independent On Sunday * * Great idea, great plot and superb comedy, especially from the alien's puzzled analyses of primitive human ways * * Daily Mail * * Matt Haig's writing is descriptive, powerful and moving. It feels so real... I'm slightly scared Matt's actually an alien inhabiting a human body- he wrote this so convincingly... Definitely recommended to YA and Adult readers, it's an unforgettable novel * * Books and Writers Jnr * * Matt Haig is a supreme talent and a writer to cherish, and The Humans is undoubtedly his magnum opus * * Guardian * * Insightful, tender and hilarious * * East Anglian Daily Times * * It's incredibly difficult to say anything about The Humans other than to encourage you to read it for yourself to discover how utterly delightful, enjoyable and fascinating it truly is * * * *
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About Matt Haig

Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and six highly acclaimed novels for adults, including How to Stop Time, The Humans and The Radleys. As a writer for children and young adults he has won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and been shortlisted three times for the Carnegie Medal. His work has been published in over forty languages.

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84,471 ratings
4.09 out of 5 stars
5 37% (31,397)
4 40% (33,897)
3 18% (15,104)
2 4% (3,126)
1 1% (947)

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I picked this book because I completely misinterpreted the synopsis but I'm so glad I did. I often find myself trying to understand the human race but I cannot because I'm too use to it. That's what this book is about; humanity explained from an outsider's point of view. The science fiction aspect of this book threw me off a little bit just because it's not my cup of tea, but the book is indubitably more
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