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How to Stop Time

By (author) Matt Haig
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Published: 6th Jul 2017
Dimensions: w 152mm h 222mm d 30mm
Weight: 515g
ISBN-10: 1782118616
ISBN-13: 9781782118619
Barcode No: 9781782118619
Synopsis
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER'I am old. That is the first thing to tell you. The thing you are least likely to believe. If you saw me you would probably think I was about forty, but you would be very wrong.'Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life.Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he'd never witnessed them first-hand. He can try to tame the past that is fast catching up with him. The only thing Tom must not do is fall in love.How to Stop Time is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change and about the lifetimes it can take to really learn how to live.

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Sep 3rd, 12:18
One of my favourite books from 2017!
Awesome - 10 out of 10
I had been meaning to pick up one of Matt Haig's books for quite some time, but never quite got round to it, so when I was offered the chance to review How to Stop Time, I was pleased to finally read some of his work. And I was not disappointed! How to Stop Time, is a sad, funny and such an enjoyable read. I devoured this book! I’ll certainly be buying more of Matt Haig’s books from Books etc.

How to Stop Time is the tale of Tom Hazard, who is a man who is afflicted with a condition which means he ages much more slowly than the rest of us and is likely to live for 900+ years. The book follows his life as he deals with this his 'problem' and his dealings with the Albatross Society, which is a society for fellow people afflicted with the same problem. Whilst the Albatross Society initially helps Tom, over time he struggles with their demands that he completely changes his life every 8 years and to not fall in love.

I have no doubt that How to Stop Time will be made into a film or TV series quite soon! It is a must read for anyone with a heart.
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A rollicking time-hopping fantasy . . . How to Stop Time will provoke wonder and delight * * Observer * * Hugely entertaining -- JOHN BOYNE * * Irish Times * * Outlandish . . . heartwarming, perceptive prose -- ANITA SETHI * * Daily Telegraph * * An imaginative, ambitious novel by an author with an infectious passion for history and the human condition * * Sunday Express * * Haig writes exquisitely from the perspective of the heart-sore outsider, but at their most moving his novels reveal the unbearable beauty of ordinary life * * Guardian * * Let Matt Haig take you on a journey . . . Brings every era to vibrant life . . . original and fascinating * * Stylist * * Tear-jerking, time-hopping romance * * Mail on Sunday * * A fabulous book -- STEPHEN FRY How to Stop Time is a beautiful, and necessary book. I feel very lucky to have read it. It is magical, intriguing and at times, very sad. A triumph -- MARIAN KEYES Absolutely terrific -- GRAHAM NORTON My favourite book of this year, and most others. A dazzling read. Time stopped still -- DANNY WALLACE Compelling and full of life's big questions, How to Stop Time is a book you will not be able to put down -- GRAEME SIMSION, author of THE ROSIE PROJECT Strange and brilliant and heartfelt -- JENNY COLGAN It's not easy to write a book that's simultaneously fun and serious and gripping and simple and profound, but Matt Haig manages it again and again. How to Stop Time is just brilliant -- GAVIN EXTENCE, author of THE UNIVERSE VERUS ALEX WOODS Matt Haig is a writer for children and adults who is adept at digging into the human heart * * Sunday Times * * Full of Haig's trademark humour and humanity. It is a wonderfully entertaining ride through centuries of adventure with a gloriously heart-warming message. A must read * * Sunday Mirror * * An epic, spellbinding new book . . . this is a brilliant page-turner about family, love and dangerous secrets * * Cosmopolitan * * Halt everything to read Matt Haig's How to Stop Time . . . A tale that makes you fall in love with reading all over again ***** * * The Sun * * An ambitious plot is deftly handled in this exquisitely written novel. A joy! ***** * * Heat Magazine * * Engrossing . . . A book to relish * * Metro * * An exploration of how to make peace with one's past in a world where time seems to rush past faster than ever * * Sunday Post * * A moving tale of regret and redemption * * Psychologies * * An epic, spellbinding new book . . . A brilliant page-turner about family, love and dangerous secrets * * Cosmopolitan * * A tender, affecting novel about Tom Hazard, who's lived for 400 years. He's got it all under control as long as he doesn't fall in love. Guess what happens next? * * Red, 2017's best summer reads * * The narrator is 400 years old, but the sardonic asides give this pacy novel a modern twist. Matt Haig has designs on our heartstrings . . . The energy and zip of this book are hard to resist -- Hermione Eyre * * Guardian * * A completely wonderful book -- JOANNA CANNON, author of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP A refreshing exploration of how to make peace with one's past selves * * The Herald * * Goodness. What a stunning book. Brilliant, beautiful and mindbendingly magnificent -- JILL MANSELL A love story for the ages . . . A fresh spin on familiar ideas and, at its best, gets to the heart of what defines us as human * * iNews * * Inventive, exciting, moving and bursting with insight about history, time and what it is to be human -- KATE WILLIAMS, author of THE PLEASURES OF MEN Matt Haig has proven his worth as a fictional writer and an ambassador for mental health awareness, and this novel conveniently merges the two in a fun, dynamic story of overcoming grief and one's past towards a healthy and stable mental wellbeing * * Student Newspaper * *