How to Stop Time (Hardcover)

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Tom Hazard has a rare condition that causes him to age very slowly—he is now over 400 years old but looks about 40. His preternatural youth has piqued the curiosity of the authorities over the centuries, as well as endangered the lives of those he cares about, so now he lives a life on the run, devoid of real human connection. Now, in 21st century London, another teacher at the school where he has taken a job catches his eye … but the secretive Albatross Society, devoted to protecting those like Tom, has different plans for him. Bittersweet and thought-provoking.

— Anne, Vromans


"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.

About the Author

Matt Haig is the author of the internationally bestselling memoir Reasons to Stay Alive, along with five novels, including The Humans and The Radleys, and several award-winning children's books. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780525522874
ISBN-10: 0525522875
Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: February 6th, 2018
Pages: 336
Language: English