How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Published August 22, 2023

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Book info

  • Title How to Stop Time
  • Author Matt Haig
  • Year 2017
  • Genre Science Fiction

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old history teacher, but he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen it all. As long as he keeps changing his identity, he can stay one step ahead of his past – and stay alive. The only thing he must not do is fall in love. But what if the one thing he can't have just happens to be the one thing that might save him?


Another fabulous book by Matt Haig, I picked this one up after loving The Midnight Library. In this story, we follow the intriguing long life of our protagonist, who has a condition that means he ages about 1 year every 15 normal human years. It’s a fascinating way of telling a time travel story - it’s not about zippping about back and forth in time, but in living through the grind, experiencing societal changes over hundreds of years, and ultimately finding a way to live the best life possible. Loved it.

Rating: 5 / 5

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