How to Stop Time

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig Book Summary

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library.

“A quirky romcom dusted with philosophical observations….A delightfully witty…poignant novel.” —The Washington Post

“She smiled a soft, troubled smile and I felt the whole world slipping away, and I wanted to slip with it, to go wherever she was going… I had existed whole years without her, but that was all it had been. An existence. A book with no words.”

Tom Hazard has just moved back to London, his old home, to settle down and become a high school history teacher. And on his first day at school, he meets a captivating French teacher at his school who seems fascinated by him. But Tom 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. Tom has lived history--performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life.

Unfortunately for Tom, the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: Never fall in love. As painful memories of his past and the erratic behavior of the Society's watchful leader threaten to derail his new life and romance, the one thing he can't have just happens to be the one thing that might save him. Tom will have to decide once and for all whether to remain stuck in the past, or finally begin living in the present.

How to Stop Time tells a love story across the ages—and for the ages—about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live. It is a bighearted, wildly original novel about losing and finding yourself, the inevitability of change, and how with enough time to learn, we just might find happiness.
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig Book Reviews

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Not a love story about lovers as much as a story about love in life. Thoroughly enjoyable!

Pleasant and light writing, sweet story. Not quite the time travel I was looking for.

Such an interesting and clever way to talk about time and life. I really love the twist of the story and how it’s like a historical fiction novel spanning 4 centuries as well as being in the present. Well done! Read this after Midnight Library and am very happy I did!!

I really enjoyed this book and I hated to have it end. Although some sections seemed to be drawn out a bit much there was never an unreadable moment! The concept of “time travel”isn’t new but I found this book to be a really fresh take on the genre.

This book didn’t disappoint. I have always been fascinated by the concept of time, time travel, and immortality. Instead of the usual vampire story, this one about a mortal man with a special condition addresses emotion - or the lack of - and the realization that time & “progress” don’t necessarily mean the world gets better or that people learn from the past. I would recommend this book and look forward to reading more of Mr. Haig’s work.

Keep them coming! Love the stories and can’t wait for the films.

This book had an interesting plot, but it was very slow. For me, the climax and resolution fell flat. However, I’m sure that it will make an interesting film. I’d definitely watch it.

The interesting bits are subdued. I get making the mc a passive character in history but it just feels like a boring Forest Gump. Then when the book starts to get interesting we get introduced to some easily avoidable, false guilt conflict that falls flat. They were a frank conversation away from not needing 300 pages of book

This book utilized the past and the present in clever ways to help to delve into the characters and the world they inhabit. It takes a simple concept and does a lot with it, using it to develop plot and emotion that lasts for centuries. One of the best books I’ve read.

Lovely fantastical historic fiction!

Than was a goodwill day for the day and I got a good job with the service

I like the intertwining of history with the story line.

If there are holes in the plot I did not notice them. AllI felt was the joy of reading a creative tale exceptionally well told.

Great story,writing and prose Wonderful progression and look back during the story Suggested for anyone who likes thoughtful science fiction

Matt Haig has reached out with a compelling story. A character startling real and a great story. I would place it with Time and Again as a classic

It’s an amazing book I am in the 4 grade and I really like the book I would recommend this book.

It makes sense of your whole existence .. it makes you relieved .. answers the fundamental question that bugs you all the time .. Matt Haig speaks what goes on in the human mind .. a masterpiece

I loved the rich history and story within these pages. The characters came alive for me which is a wonderful experience especially when reading for pleasure. Engaging, suspenseful in places, and a delight to read.

Had me absorbed until the last 20 pages... loved the story, but the ending seemed too rushed

Matthew Haig’s How to Stop Time novel has an interesting plot. It’s part history, part science fiction, part thriller. Keep reading and the story and characters will grab you.

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Matt Haig (born 3 July 1975) is an English author and journalist. He has written both fiction and non-fiction books for children and adults, often in the speculative fiction genre. Early life Haig was born on 3 July 1975 in Sheffield. He went on to study English and History at the University of Hull. Career Haig is the author of both fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. His work of non-fiction, Reasons to Stay Alive, was a number one Sunday Times bestseller and was in the UK top 10 for 46 weeks. His bestselling children's novel, Father Christmas and Me, is currently being adapted for film, produced by Studio Canal and Blueprint Pictures. His novels are often dark and quirky takes on family life. The Last Family in England retells Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1 with the protagonists as dogs. His second novel Dead Fathers Club is based on Hamlet, telling the story of an introspective 11-year-old dealing with the recent death of his father and the subsequent appearance o...

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