How to Stop Time - Matt Haig

How to Stop Time

By Matt Haig

  • Release Date: 2017-07-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 168 Ratings


THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE 2017 BOOKS ARE MY BAG READERS AWARD FOR POPULAR FICTION 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.


  • Enjoyed it

    By sarahtupay
    This book took me on a journey through history, and I would recommend.
  • Please make into a film

    By Julie uk
    I am currently studying Creative Writing with the Open University and I would prescribe this for any budding novelist out there to use as a role model. I enjoyed this read from start to finish. I have talked none stop about it at work and on the commute with my husband, I haven’t done that for years. You succeeded in showing everything to me, you caught my heart and mind and took me on an exciting journey through time, I so hope this gets made into film and shared with the wider audience who sadly don’t pick up books. You have many messages of wisdom in your book to be communicated out there. In you acknowledgments you say ‘thank you for reading’, I say ‘thank you for writing’.
  • Beautifully written

    By Sanjnamatovu
    Beautiful and witty and modern
  • Dreadful

    By GC Attenborough
    Truly dreadful.
  • Timeless Classic

    By MSH Wellbeing
    This was one of the most engaging and enjoyable novels I have had the pleasure of reading. It is my first time of reading anything by the author and Haig had an easy writing style and navigates the reader between present to past and back to present in a way that just flows seamlessly, without the often confusion that arises from other novels involving movement between different periods of time. I was able to read and leave my TARDIS at home without fear of getting loss! I identified with the main character by the end of the first chapter, and found a familiar resonance with his reflections and observations of the human condition and the interplay between relationship. Being an Akita owner myself, I was also delighted at the peripheral role played by Abraham with the plot. It has left me with an appetite to explore more by this author.
  • Amazing

    By Vivslan
    I cannot praise this book enough. It is an amazing story which I truly enjoyed reading. Please do read it.
  • Loved it

    By Casperjj
    An gentle walk through a life that's lived a long time and has something to give back. It's delightful.
  • How to stop time

    By bronson78
    A book that almost reads its not to heavy and very enjoyable that flows very well
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  • Great

    By It gets hard
    Having seen Mr Stephen fry recommended it I decided to purchase. I do like historical novels but wasn't sure how I would find a book about a man who was four hundred years old; needless to say I loved it. Well written, almost to the point of being up there with Patrick O'brian; you could almost smell the stench of Tudor London. Give it a go you won't be disappointed.