15 December 7pm: Matt Haig on The Humans

We’re very, very excited to present Matt Haig on his sad, funny, brilliant novel The Humans and its new companion compendium Humans: An A-Z.

The Humans is about love and alienation and actual aliens and Matt Haig is a very wise and very entertaining man.

We’re pleased too that this event falls near Christmas, a time when many people struggle with their mental health and could use a little reflection on the often very tricky state of being human…

The Humans takes a wild concept—a Cambridge mathematician is assassinated and his body and life are possessed by an alien who has a pretty tough time assimilating to human society—to explore large and difficult ideas about depression and what it means to live happily and well, with compassion and empathy. It’s one of those rare books that can make you laugh and cry from page to page and will leave you looking at your life a bit differently.

the humans

Matt Haig was born in 1975. His debut novel, The Last Family in England, was a UK bestseller. The Dead Fathers Club, an update of Hamlet featuring an eleven-year-old boy, and The Possession of Mr Cave, a horror story about an overprotective father, are being made into films and have been translated into numerous languages. He is also the author of the award winning children’s novel Shadow Forest, and its sequel, The Runaway Troll. A film of The Radleys is in production with Alfonso Cuaron. Matt has lived in London and Spain, and now lives in York with the writer Andrea Semple and their two children.

Matt Haig on depression: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/wellbeing/10758065/Suffering-from-depression-It-was-touch-and-go-but-Ididnt-jump.html

Matt Haig on the top 10 writers to see live (we’d include him, too!): http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/apr/23/top-10-writers-live-world-book-night

About Laura

Laura Keeling is Events and Communications Manager at Shakespeare and Company.