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How To Stop Time

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A novel about love, loss and living in the moment, from the bestselling author of The Humans

The first rule is that you don’t fall in love. There are other rules too, but that is the main one. No falling in love. No staying in love. No daydreaming of love. Because otherwise, of course, you slowly lose your mind . . .

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary forty-one-year-old, but he was born in 1581. Owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Shakespeare’s England to Jazz Age Paris to voyaging the Pacific alongside Captain Cook, Tom has seen a lot, and he now craves an ordinary life.

Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom now has the perfect cover—working as a history teacher at a London school. Here, he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he’d never witnessed them first-hand. He can try to tame the past that is quickly catching up with him. The only thing Tom can’t do is fall in love.

How to Stop Time is a wild, bittersweet, time-travelling story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change, about the mistakes humans are doomed to repeat.

And about the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live.

 

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Critical Praise

“A masterpiece. . . . Matt Haig is a supreme talent and a writer to cherish, and The Humans is undoubtedly his magnum opus.” —The Guardian

“A wonderfully funny, gripping and inventive novel.” —The Times (UK)

“Delightful.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Funny, clever and quite, quite lovely.” —Sunday Times (London)

“Funny, poignant, and full of heart.” —Entertainment Weekly

“An absolute corker of a novel: very clever, and very moving, and that rare and precious thing -laugh-out-loud funny.” —Daily Mail (UK)

“Extraordinary.” —Independent (UK)

“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 Coraline

“Matt Haig is a novelist of stunning talent, with a laser eye for the absurd and endless reserves of compassion. (Parade Picks)” —Parade

“Quick-paced, touching, and hilarious.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“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 New York Times bestselling author of Before I go to Sleep

“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’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

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443451383
  • ISBN 10: 144345138X
  • Imprint: HarperAvenue
  • On Sale: 02/06/2018
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price: 22.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / General
  • BISAC2: FICTION / Historical
  • BISAC3: FICTION / Literary

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