How to Stop Time

By Matt Haig
Read by Mark Meadows

10.03 Hours 02/06/2018 unabridged
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“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.

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Summary

Summary

An Entertainment Weekly Pick of Most Anticipated Novels of 2018

An Esquire Magazine Pick of Upcoming Books

A Bustle Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2018

A February 2018 LibraryReads Pick

“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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Haig has been gifted with a rare ability, which is to make the far-fetched—and even ridiculous—seem believable…How to Stop Time will provoke wonder and delight.” Guardian (London)
Matt Haig is astounding. Stephen Fry
Inventive, exciting, moving and bursting with insight about history, time and what it is to be human. Kate Williams, author of Becoming Queen Victoria
The lively creativity of Matt Haig continues to delight and enchant readers. In How to Stop Time, he offers a well-drawn cast of vivid characters embroiled in an inventive, fast-paced story that successfully blends fantasy, romance, comedy and adventure. Shelf Awareness
But How to Stop Time is also a considered, heartfelt document, as you might expect from an author who wrote an internationally bestselling memoir of depression, Reasons to Stay Alive. It unfolds its secrets carefully: an action-packed but often sad story for slow, long-term thinkers.  Wrapped inside this sci-fi school sitcom premise is a poetic manifesto of what really matters in the long run. One that Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg would do well to read. Mashable
Haig has been gifted with a rare ability, which is to make the far-fetched – and even ridiculous – seem believable. His books tickle your mind and tug on your heart, and their pages slip by with beguiling ease. . . How to Stop Time will provoke wonder and delight. The Guardian
I loved How to Stop Time, it’s 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, author of The Woman Who Stole My Life
I am in concert with Haig’s fans as I read the book, turning pages for the story but also stopping to underline passages. I want to remember the lines. I want to read out loud to someone. Nothing like a love that lasts 400 years. Publisher's Weekly
A story you’ve been longing to read . . . Haig’s proficiency in writing for children has lent a gentleness that cuts to the very heart of this work and its readers. Evening Standard, "The Best Books to Read This Summer"
"How to Stop Time is a worthy addition to the time-travel canon, hugely entertaining, quietly funny and, at its best moments, contemplative and brooding. John Boyne, Irish Times
Full of Haig’s trademark humour and humanity, this is a wonderfully entertaining ride through centuries of adventure. Gloriously heart-warming. Sunday Mirror
An engaging story framed by a brooding meditation on time and meaning. The Austin American-Statesman
“How to Stop Time is a bittersweet story about the meaning of life. Kirkus
An addictive, time-travelling tale which unfolds at a cracking pace The Bookseller, Book of the Month
Matt Haig uses words like a tin-opener. We are the tin. Jeanette Winterson, author of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
"How to Stop Time is a clever, beautifully crafted novel about love, history, and the tangled mess that comes with trying to live a human life of any length. Bustle
Compelling and full of life's big questions, How To Stop Time is a book you will not be able to put down. Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project 
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, author of American Gods
Inventive and heartfelt and unusual. . . . [How To Stop Time] made for a great summer read. Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale
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
“Compelling and full of life’s big questions, How To Stop Time is a book you will not be able to put down.” Graeme Simsion, #1 New York Times bestselling author
A time traveling love story… [and] a coming-of-age tale that continues for centuries. It’s The Time Traveler’s Wife meets The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, yet manages to be even more unique. HelloGiggles
Haig remains a keen-eyed observer of contemporary life. . . his dialogue has snap and charm. The New York Times
The central character of the poignant new novel How to Stop Time is 41-year-old Tom Hazard, a man who has been alive for centuries, and who moves every eight years in order to avoid detection. As he settles into a new life in London, he realizes that the one thing that would derail his (very long) life—falling in love—might just be worth it. Southern Living
Time is all about the moments, not the space between them. Haig has done a fine job of capturing a few beautiful ones like butterflies in a jar — instants of love or rage or heartbreak. And one of them is even the night that Tom Hazard spent drinking ale with Shakespeare. NPR
A quirky romcom dusted with philosophical observations….A delightfully witty…poignant novel. The Washington Post
A wry, intriguing meditation on time and an eternal human challenge: how to relinquish the past and live fully in the present. People
[How To Stop Time] is fantastic Brad Thor, New York Times bestselling author of Spy Master
“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, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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Author

Author Bio: Matt Haig

Matt Haig is an internationally bestselling author whose novels for children and adults have been translated into twenty-six languages. His children’s books have won the Smarties Gold Medal, the Alex Award, and the Blue Peter Book Award and been nominated several times for the Carnegie Medal and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Romance
Runtime: 10.03
Audience: Adult
Language: English