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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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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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Beautiful

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

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The start was a bit odd.....

..... and I almost returned the book. But I'm glad I stuck with it, this is a really thought provoking story, which I will return to soon.

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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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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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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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Enjoyable

A scewed and funny perspective on humans giving stuff for afterthought, laughter and a great deal of smiling. I enjoyed it, and will definitely listen to more from Matt Haig.
Mark Meadows is a pleasure to listen to, and just nailed it. Greatly narrated.

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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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Weird but captivating

An alien becomes human. Or was it human all along? I nearly gave up with this one couple of times because of the monotony of the lives described. I’m glad I finished it though. I think we all learned something.

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So much potential

A great concept & the main character (alien!) is likeable and it gives opportunity for observational humour. Haig is a great storyteller but is liable to platitudes & sentimentality which at times feels squished into the narrative (100 bits of advice for life).