How to Stop Time

How to Stop Time Summary

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library.

“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.

Book Reviews


Slow read3 star

The interesting bits are subdued. I get making the mc a passive character in history but it just feels like a boring Forest Gump. Then when the book starts to get interesting we get introduced to some easily avoidable, false guilt conflict that falls flat. They were a frank conversation away from not needing 300 pages of book35


Incredible5 star

This book utilized the past and the present in clever ways to help to delve into the characters and the world they inhabit. It takes a simple concept and does a lot with it, using it to develop plot and emotion that lasts for centuries. One of the best books I’ve read.55


Fantasy & history5 star

Lovely fantastical historic fiction!55


Nice to see a good day time time with have2 star

Than was a goodwill day for the day and I got a good job with the service25


Good read4 star

I like the intertwining of history with the story line.45


Tremendously satisfyinh5 star

If there are holes in the plot I did not notice them. AllI felt was the joy of reading a creative tale exceptionally well told.55

russ kram

Great story5 star

Great story,writing and prose Wonderful progression and look back during the story Suggested for anyone who likes thoughtful science fiction55


Time travel by memory5 star

Matt Haig has reached out with a compelling story. A character startling real and a great story. I would place it with Time and Again as a classic55

ranya kadmiri

It has lots of details like colors,glitter and I like the color5 star

It’s an amazing book I am in the 4 grade and I really like the book I would recommend this book.55


Mindblowing5 star

It makes sense of your whole existence .. it makes you relieved .. answers the fundamental question that bugs you all the time .. Matt Haig speaks what goes on in the human mind .. a masterpiece55

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