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FORMAT: Hardback
ISBN: 9781782118619
RRP: £12.99
PAGES: 352
PUBLICATION DATE: July 6, 2017

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How to Stop Time

By (author) 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 and tame the past that is fast catching up with him. The only thing Tom mustn’t do is fall in love. 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.

Reviews of How to Stop Time

Matt Haig uses words like a tin-opener. We are the tin — JEANETTE WINTERSON 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 is astounding — STEPHEN FRY Praise for The Humans: Matt Haig's hilarious novel puts our species on the spot * Guardian * A brilliant exploration of what it is to love, and to be human, The Humans is both heartwarming and hilarious, weird, and utterly wonderful. One of the best books I've read in a very long time — S J WATSON A novel with an enormous heart, infused with a sense of gratitude for everything that makes us who we are — Charlotte Heathcote * Daily Express * The Humans is a laugh-and-cry book. Troubling, thrilling, puzzling, believable and impossible. Matt Haig uses words like a tin-opener. We are the tin — JEANETTE WINTERSON A wonderfully funny, gripping and inventive novel. Like Kurt Vonnegut and Audrey Niffenegger, Haig uses the tropes of science fiction to explore and satirise concepts of free will, love, marriage, logic, immortality and mercy with elegance and poignancy * The Times *

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