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The Humans, a reading by Matt Haig

19.30–20.15
Media Space gallery, as part of Science Museum Lates with MasterCard

Free with half-price exhibition entry: £4 (£2.50 concessions)
No booking required

As part of October’s space-themed Lates, author Matt Haig is visiting the Only in England exhibition to read from his latest novel, The Humans. Told through the eyes of an alien, the novel captures the absurdity of human behaviour with the same warmth, humour and perceptiveness that photographers Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr show in the exhibition.

An alien from the planet Vonnador is sent to Earth to eliminate a Cambridge maths professor who has just worked out a proof of the Riemann hypothesis, a great mathematical breakthrough that cannot be trusted in human hands. On arrival the Vonnadorian sees humans as ‘an arrogant species defined by violence and greed’. However, the mission soon goes off course as he comes to understand and love this strange, peanut-butter-eating life form.

Matt Haig is a writer of novels for adults and children, screenplays and journalism. His books include The Last Family in England (2004), The Possession of Mr Cave (2008) and The Radleys (2010), which won an ALA Alex Award, was shortlisted for the Portico Prize and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal.

The Humans, a reading by Matt Haig

A novel about maths and humans, told through the eyes of an alien
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free