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Publisher's Summary

There's no place like home. Or is there? 

After an 'incident' one wet Friday night where he is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge, Professor Andrew Martin 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 an alien species and hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton, and he's a dog.

Who is he really? And what could make someone change their mind about the human race?

©2020 Matt Haig (P)2020 Canongate Books Ltd

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Amazing book!

Amazing book that reaches deep in your soul to answer what it is to be human.

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Really enjoyable book

An interesting & funny insight into humanity & what it means to be a human. Cleverly written, narration was flawless & engaging. Would love a sequel to this book.

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So good

This is the second book Ive read by Matt Haig. I really enjoy the stories he writes about, thought provoking and relevant. This made me laugh out loud so many times with the literal observations about humans. It has English references with football and the like. Looking forward to to listening to more of his writing!

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A very different perspective

Funny, quirky and clever. I loved this. The story is told from the perspective of a being from another planet.

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This is the sort of Sci-Fi I can enjoy

I loved the Midnight Library and was not disappointed here. A bit of fantasy and a lot of home truths to ponder plus some humour directed at the human race in general.

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  • Oskar Berggren
  • 03-04-2021

Funny, sad, beautiful, uplifting

Just excellent! Especially for those struggling with their faith in humanity. A much needed tale recognizing the ugliness and terrible things of humanity but then leading the reader/listener to find astounding beauty shining through the cracks of human fallibility and mortality.

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  • Noreen F H
  • 08-03-2021

Beautiful

Adore this makes one contemplate what it IS to be human . Warm, funny , thought provoking x

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  • Dominik Lukes
  • 17-06-2021

Hallmark wisdom dressed as fiction

Cliche ridden inanity ameliorated by the occasional burst of good writing and a snappy turn of phrase. Had to skip huge portions of Hallmark card level wisdom to get through this. Even the great narrator could not save this.

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  • Clare Bennett
  • 06-04-2021

simply wonderful

Really clever and thought provoking, I'm making my way through all of Matt Haigs books now and none of them disappoint! thoroughly recommend

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  • B-rocks
  • 25-08-2021

Makes you think.

Loved it. My first book with Matt Haig. so different. simple plot with wonderful thought provoking events, charactets, ideas. The human experience viewed by an Alien on Earth ...and a dog. What's not to love. I can only assume the mathematical references are accurate. I will be buying more Matt Haig.

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  • Snoopy_K
  • 18-08-2021

So beautiful and life affirming

I love Matt’s writing. This book draws you in with humour and laugh out loud moments and then intrigues you what first looks like a straightforward storyline, and then somewhere along the way it gets to the very heart of what it is to live and love. Brilliantly researched and wonderfully peppered with poetry and music. I imagine the ‘100 pieces of advice’ will be quoted in many a coming of the age birthday speech. Loved it, will be reading it again when I need picking up!

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  • thomas plant
  • 09-09-2021

A beautiful thought provoking book

This was an excellent book. At times it made you laugh, at times it made you think. At times it was beautiful. At times it was sad. I loved every minute of it. And after all, isn’t love the thing all humans crave?

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  • Lizette
  • 06-09-2021

Everyone should listen to this

I loved it. It’s smart and funny and I believe everyone should listen to the list of advice for humans.

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  • Jane Stevens
  • 26-08-2021

loved this book!

Wonderfully written thought provoking story. Humour and depth. It was a brilliant listen as an Audio book. Thoroughly recommend!

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  • LJFen
  • 14-08-2021

It was ok

For me it was just ok, an easy listen. I think I just couldn’t find anything to like (or dislike enough to keep me interested) about the main character or any others.

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