From Shakespeare's England to jazz age Paris to surfing in Byron Bay, a wild, bittersweet, time-travelling story about love, loss and living in the moment.
'The first rule is that you don't fall in love. There are other rules too, but that is the main one. No falling in love. No staying in love. No daydreaming of love. Because otherwise, of course, you slowly lose your mind . . .'
Tom Hazard is a history teacher living a quiet suburban life in a Cathedral town in England. He likes his job but has no real friends, spends his time on the internet or playing the piano, and pushes away anyone who tries to get close to him.
But Tom has a secret. He suffers from progeria, a condition that causes the body to age ten times slower than normal. He looks 40 but is actually 408. He won't die for another few centuries. In his lifespan he has had time to learn 13 languages, has become an expert at fighting and piano playing, but all of this has a cost. He must change his identity every few years to avoid discovery. And as he has learned the risks of love and the pain it can cause, he has turned away from other people.
How to Stop Time is his story.
About the Author
Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and The Humans and four other books for adults. As a writer for children and young adults he has won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and been shortlisted three times for the Carnegie Medal. His work has been translated into 30 languages.
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
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 26th July 2017
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 13.5 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.4