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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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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.
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 * *