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By James Minter, May 11 2018 03:02PM

I’m a man and a husband. I appreciate this book was written tongue-in-cheek, but I hoped the Diary of A Stressed Out Mother would provide me with some insights into women and especially mothers and wives. It didn’t but instead confirmed what I always suspected we, that is men, and women, mothers, and wives are very different creatures when it comes to dealing with the home, work, children, family, friends, pets, and neighbours.

Nicola’s narrative covers a wide and varied patchwork of improbable situations, juxtaposing the surreal with the sublime like grandparents caught smuggling drugs to the free-spirited neighbour indulging in swinging. Dora, the main protagonist, has unique relationships with her parents, children, husband, sister and animals, all of which are explored in the fast-paced cacophony of absurdity. A well written, laugh-out-loud look at a middle-class, middle-aged couple dealing with life, direction and purpose.

A great pool-side read accompanied by a G&T!

By James Minter, Aug 17 2016 09:59AM

I was lent this book by a friend, but beforehand I had no knowledge of Matt’s work. I’m so glad she loaned me the book.

The Humans is an insightful and humours look at the human condition told through the eyes of an alien on a mission. For a start, this is a great writing device, and expertly used by Matt. Second, Matt has teased out many of the idiosyncrasies of modern day life; how we humans say something and mean something totally different. Or how all actions are context based, and if, as is the likelihood when you are an alien, you don’t understand the unspoken context, you misunderstand the intention. And third, the importance of love – to love, and to be loved.

Matt has a good observational eye, and ability to write in a way that resonates with many people; a highly recommended read. I’m off to check out Matt’s other works.

The Humans by Matt Haig
The Humans by Matt Haig
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