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How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
  

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How to Stop Time is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change and about the lifetimes it can take to really learn how to live. The life-affirming new novel from the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and The Humans.

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Synopsis

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

'I am old. That is the first thing to tell you. The thing you are least likely to believe. If you saw me you would probably think I was about forty, but you would be very wrong.' 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.

Reviews

'Matt Haig has an empathy for the human condition, the light and the dark of it, and he uses the full palette to build his excellent stories' -- Neil Gaiman

'Matt Haig uses words like a tin-opener. We are the tin' -- Jeanette Winterson

'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

'Matt Haig is astounding' -- Stephen Fry

'It's not easy to write a book that's simultaneously fun and serious and gripping and simple and profound, but Matt Haig manages it again and again. How to Stop Time is just brilliant' -- Gavin Extence, author of The Universe Versus Alex Woods

'Strange and brilliant and heartfelt' -- Jenny Colgan

'Goodness. What a stunning book. Brilliant, beautiful and mindbendingly magnificent' -- Jill Mansell

'My favourite book of this year, and most others. A dazzling read. Time stopped still' -- Danny Wallace

About the Author

Matt Haig

Matt Haig was born in Sheffield in 1975 and grew up in Nottinghamshire. He has lived in London and Spain, and now lives in north Yorkshire. His writing has frequently appeared in the UK press. He is the author of The Last Family in England, a UK bestseller narrated by a Labrador, The Dead Fathers Club, an update of Hamlet featuring an eleven-year-old boy and The Possession of Mr Cave. He has also written two children's novels, Shadow Forest, and its sequel The Runaway Troll.

Matt Haig on his teen novel, The Radleys:
"This is a story about growing up, first and foremost. About how we learn to come to terms with who we are, independent of the ideas our parents had for us. About how we decide our own identities. As well as what shapes those identities - who we choose to love, and hate, admire and fear. It is about how denying ourselves can sometimes be more dangerous than succumbing to tempation. This is the story I wanted to tell. I never set out to write a vampire story, but vampires were the obvious choice. After all, as family secrets go, you can't get much bigger than finding out you are actually a full-blown creature of the night. And hopefully it fits as a metaphor for teenage life. A life full of physical changes, forbidden cravings, and feelings of being an outsider. In that sense, we've probably all been vampires at some stage."

Author photo © Clive Doyle

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Book Info

Publication date

6th July 2017

Author

Matt Haig

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Publisher

Canongate Books Ltd

Format

Hardback
336 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Fantasy
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781782118619

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