Archives for category: Canongate Books

Image result for the humans haig

Published by Canongate Books

My friend Martina, who sadly no longer works with us, suggested I read this one. Perhaps the third Matt Haig volume I have read. Sadly the copy I bought is now wrinkled and slightly bowed, having fallen in the bath.  I don’t often take books into the bath, for just this reason. If I do, I usually have at least two copies – one for bath-reading, the second for keeping in mint condition to be read with care.

This is a book about humanity. Our quest for happiness and how, fundamentally we get it all wrong. The stuff we keep in our wallets, purses, back pockets, behind the settee, in jars, tins and the like just doesn’t do it. Relationships often do, but we keep looking too far ahead – we don’t realise that the past has gone, the future never arrives. It is now that is important.

Essentially this is about an alien visiting the earth. Not, though, as a tourist.  He is found wandering around the streets of Cambridge, naked, in the guise of Professor Andrew Martin. The real Professor Martin solved one of the great conundrums of mathematics, which would in time have far reaching consequences…not necessarily a good thing…at least in some eyes. This Professor Andrew Martin is here for one purpose only – to destroy all record of this achievement. Including all reference to it, whether on paper, computers or by word of mouth. He is here to murder the professor’s wife, his son, and anyone else who might have gained knowledge of the professor’s discovery.

Thought provoking. Touching and rather wonderful.

Advertisements

Published by Canongate

This was published as a lovely small hardback edition last Christmas, and will be published this as a paperback. The book is illustrated by Chris Mould and the combination of a good Christmas tale and his illustrations makes this, and the follow on book, The Girl Who Saved Christmas a brilliant pair of volumes for Christmas. I hope that Waterstones will make the set of books the Book of the Month for November – they are ideal to be used as a book at bed-time for the winter term…in preparation for Christmas.

Nikolas’ mother has died before the story begins. His father is a poor forester, and Nikolas has only ever been given two presents in the whole of his life: a turnip doll, his mother gave him, and a small sleigh from his father. He is happy enough, however and has a small brown mouse for company. When Nikolas’ father is offered a job, that will take him far into the North, his aunt comes to look after him and his life is turned upside down.

Which is where the story really begins…a true Northern adventure for Christmas. Full of elves, pixies, (including a truth pixie), trolls, reindeer, a kidnap (yes, a kidnap), bravery, sacrifice, hunting, magic…and things that aren’t impossible…a word no child should ever use… 

Buy this in good time for Christmas, and save it – to be read to all good little children (and some perhaps some not so good), up to Christmas…make it a tradition.