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A novel about love, loss and living in the moment, from the best-selling author of The Humans.

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 has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but he was born in 1581. Owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Shakespeare’s England to Jazz Age Paris to voyaging the Pacific alongside Captain Cook, Tom has seen a lot, and he now craves an ordinary life.

Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom now has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London school. 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 quickly catching up with him. The only thing Tom can’t do is fall in love.

How to Stop Time is a wild, bittersweet, time-traveling story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change, about the mistakes humans are doomed to repeat.

And about the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live.

©2018 Matt Haig (P)2018 Canongate Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Matt Haig’s latest book, How to Stop Time, is marvelous in every sense of the word. Clever, funny, poignant, and written with Haig’s trademark blend of crystalline prose and deft storytelling, this is a book that stirs the heart and mind in equal measure. A hugely enjoyable read." (Deborah Harkness, author of The All Souls Trilogy)

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engaged and enriched

Loved The Martian and didn't expect to feel so engaged by this novel. But I loved every minute of it. I didn't really want it to end. I often find books that move forward and backward in time very difficult to follow, but because the author provided dates and places, I found it easy to follow even in audio format. a wonderful piece of Escape literature that made me think about the human Condition.