How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

How to Stop Time

"The first rule is that you don't fall in love, ' he said... 'There are other rules too, but that is the main one. No falling in love. No staying in love. No daydreaming of love. If you stick to this you will just about be okay.'" 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 liveTom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinar...

Details How to Stop Time

TitleHow to Stop Time
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
GenreFiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Time Travel

Reviews How to Stop Time

  • Fishgirl
    I guess I should straight off the bat tell you what happened when I finished reading "The Humans." And yes, I know this is supposed to be a review about "How to Stop Time." Bear with me. So, I finished "The Humans" and I a)wept b) started it again immediately c) spent the next two years giving it to everyone on my gift list and basically insisting everyone read it. My ace in the hole has always been this - "If the road gets rocky (and everyone's ...
  • Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
    This review can also be found on my blog, Dana and the Books. How to Stop Time is a book that is going to be talked about for a while. It made headlines when Benedict Cumberbatch signed on to star in the movie adaptation before the book had even been released.After reading the description and seeing it virtually everywhere, of course I had to see what all the fuss was about.Tom is old. He looks forty but is actually more than four hundred. He's p...
  • Whispering Stories
    Tom Hazard, just one one the names he has been know by, is 439 years old. He has a rare condition called Anageria, meaning that his body ages at a very slow rate. For every 15 years of his life, his body ages just one, a condition that began during puberty. This means that he now looks like a man in his 40s.He has lived through many periods in history, met a lot of famous people from the past, and seen plenty of inventions brought to life.There i...
  • Liz Barnsley
    How To Stop Time is a beautiful work of fiction – you know I read a lot of books (this is actually book 120 for me of 2017) and I don’t think I have ever read an author that just grasps and conveys the vagaries of human nature quite like Matt Haig does – in a way that makes you feel like he is writing just for you. The emotional sense of his writing is enduring and never anything less than compelling no matter the story being told or the pr...
  • Cindy Burnett
    4.5 starsHow to Stop Time is a thought-provoking read. Matt Haig envisions a world where a small group of individuals age at a much slower pace than the average human. While the main character, Tom Hazard, looks 41, he is actually centuries old. To avoid being institutionalized or treated as a medical research subject, Tom has moved around his entire life staying nowhere more than 8-10 years. When the book opens, Tom has decided to return to Lond...
  • Veronique
    "He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears." (Montaigne)The idea of a character living for hundreds of years is not a new concept but Haig offers a very good version, which allows him to take us literally down memory lane. We meet Tom Hazard in the present, about to take a new identity, which he does every eight years, as a History teacher in London. His narration is placed in that frame but his mind keeps escaping to previous t...
  • Laura
    It's been a very long time - years and years - since I've loved a book so much I wished it was longer. But that's what happened with How to Stop Time - I found myself reading slower at the end because I wanted to eke out as much enjoyment as possible from it. I would have quite liked to stop time then. It is an incredible book.Tom Hazard (only one of his many names) has a very strange condition - he doesn't age, or at least he ages extremely slow...
  • Mandy Radley
    4.5 stars. An enjoyable, quirky read from author Matt Haig. We meet Tom Hazzard, who looks around 40ish but in fact is over 4 centuries old having been born in 1581 with a rare condition that from about the age of 13 he only ages about one year every 10 to 15 years. Always having to change his identity every 8 years he is presently a history teacher in a London secondary school. He's on a mission to find his daughter who also has the rare conditi...
  • Amber
    Mar 14, 2017: Not even published yet, and Benedict Cumberbatch has already signed up to star in a movie based on this book!____________________________________Sep 7, 2017: Finally got my hands on a copy and read it in a week, which is pretty fast for me these days. I really like the concept of this story, and it might make a good movie with Anthony McCarten as screenwriter. I just wasn't bowled over by the book as I was hoping to be after all the...
  • Tudor Vlad
    A lovely tale about time, how it shapes us and how little it matters. Telling the story of a man that has lived for almost 500 years, How to Stop Time is a lovely and easy to read book that seeks to make us consider time a bit differently by showing it from the perspective of the man, who, if anything, has had nothing but time. Just as Humans, Matt Haig uses the plot and the characters to write a social commentary and his prose is sincere, at tim...
  • Moray Teale
    I received a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest and unbiased review.I had high hopes for Matt Haig’s latest novel after being impressed with his honest eloquence and heart in Reasons To Stay Alive and hearing good things about the Humans. The premise in intriguing if not entirely original. Tom Hazard is old. 439 years old to be precise. Born in the 16th century with a condition called anageria which causes the body to age at...
  • Tony
    This is a masterpiece, a beautifully crafted tale and the best thing I've read in some time. Read it, I promise you won't be disappointed!
  • Marianne
    “…now I often want to climb back into that time before. Before I knew Rose, before I knew what would happen to my mother, before, before, before… To cling to who I was, right at the beginning when I was just a small boy with a long name who responded to time and grew older like everybody else. But there is never a way back into the before. All you can do with the past is carry it around, feeling its weight slowly increase, praying it never ...
  • Ace
    I picked a winner!!! "All you can do with the past is carry it around, feeling its weight slowly increase, praying it never crushes you completely." Tom Hazard (b.1851- )
  • Ruth
    This was easy to read, but (for me) dissatisfying. I loved the concept...a man who ages so very, very slowly that he has lived through multiple centuries - brilliant! But I felt it fell flat in the execution. I previously read 'The Humans' by Matt Haig, which I enjoyed, though it sometimes felt clunky. This book was sort of okay, and this time the writing often felt clunky, which was frustrating because sometimes Haig's turn of phrase is really b...
  • Dipali
    It's almost 3am and I'm lying in bed marvelling at the beauty of this book. So poignant, so wonderful, so well written.
  • Franziska
    Tom Hazard looks like an ordinary 41-year-old. But he has a dangerous secret. Owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. Growing up in Elizabethan England, living through World Wars, the Jazz Age in Paris, living all over the world. He has seen a lot and suffered a lot. But now, he just wants a normal life. Every time he moves, which is every 8 years, he gets a new identity. And has now the perfect cover — working as a history ...
  • Gail
    I read this book in one sitting; simply because I couldn't put it down. I was hooked from page one and couldn't stop until I had turned the final page. I can only liken this to the feeling one gets after a long, hot and dry summer spell which is broken by a torrential downpour of rain. It is, quite simply, a breath of fresh air and just wonderful. Tom Hazard writes ' I was born well over four hundred years ago on 3 March 1581 in my parents' room,...
  • Adarsh
    Poignant, well-written, neat prose in that it's reflective and contemplative without being a drone. This book is going to stay with me for a while because of how it unpacks questions of time, uncertainty, and living with fear and loss. Good chunks of profundity and beautifully written. "He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears." (Montaigne)
  • Karen
    I really enjoyed this book, it was funny, sad and thought provoking.
  • Steve Haywood
    Tom Hazard has what you might call a medical condition, though not really an illness. He doesn't age like other people do. He only ages a year for every 10 or 15 years of ordinary people - he has lived for 439 years but doesn't look a day over 40. He, and the few others like him, live by other rules to ordinary people, and the number one rule is not to fall in love. Tom fell in love once four centuries ago and it didn't end well. He knows not to ...
  • Neil
    The first rule of anageria club is you don’t talk about anageria club.What, you may be asking, is anageria. Our protagonist, Tom Hazard (one of his many names) can tell you: in this book it is condition whereby a person only ages by one year every 15 years. This means Tom is 439 years old (he knew Shakespeare, he sailed with Cook) but only looks to be 41 (the condition manifests in puberty for anyone trying to do the maths). And the anageria cl...
  • Lindsay Seddon
    Matt Haig's writing is a pleasure to read. No effort is required from the reader and it is so well written.The problem was that I never really had the urge to pick it up. I kept thinking that the story had so much potential which was never fully utilised. The main character is over 400 years old and yet only a few moments in all of time is talked about. But on the other hand I was also pleased that not too many famous figures were wedged in for t...
  • Karen Cole
    I have been in love only once in my life. I suppose that makes me a romantic, in a sense. The idea that you have one true love, that no one else will compare after they have gone. It’s a sweet idea , but the reality is terror itself. To be faced with all those lonely years after. To exist when the point of you has gone.'The Humans by Matt Haig is the first book I reviewed on Hair Past a Freckle and pretty much the reason why this blog exists. I...
  • Siobhán Mc Laughlin
    This book was so bad it actually did stop time for me - stopped time on my reading, bigtime. I've been trying to finish it for the past three weeks or more...! Just the thought of picking it up was too much. (Just as there are some books you can't put down - there are books you can't bloody pick up - and this, for me, was one of them.)Honestly. What a farce. Sorry Matt Haig. I do enjoy your writing. But I should have known better after reading 'T...
  • Justine
    See the full review on I Should Read ThatI received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review is spoiler-free.I recently read and loved Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive, a moving memoir about living with depression, but had never read any of his fiction. How to Stop Time immediately caught my eye because it combined two of my favourite things: historical fiction and science fiction. I was hoping it was just as poignant ...
  • Nat K
    I finished reading this book last week, and thought this would give me enough thinking space to know what I'd write in my review. Even though I've had plenty of time to ponder, I still don't have the words to adequately convey how this book made me feel. The premise of the story, is the question of what it means to live for longer than the average human, as does the main character Tom Hazard.Tom suffers from anageria, which is a little known gene...