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How to Stop Time
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How to Stop Time (Hardback)

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'I am old. That is the first thing to tell you. The thing you are least likely to believe. If you saw me you would probably think I was about forty, but you would be very wrong.'Tom Hazard 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. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life.Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. 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 fast catching up with him. The only thing Tom must not do is fall in love.How to Stop Time is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change and about the lifetimes it can take to really learn how to live.

Fiction & PoetryFantasyFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd Publication Date: 06/07/2017 ISBN-13: 9781782118619  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and six highly acclaimed novels for adults, including How to Stop Time, The Humans and The Radleys. As a writer for children and young adults he has won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and been shortlisted three times for the Carnegie Medal. His work has been published in over forty languages. @matthaig1 |

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Haig's latest novel stirs together science fiction, romance, thriller and mystery to produce an original, golden gem of a book. Tom Hazard was born in 1581 but, due to a rare condition, his looks in the present day would pass for 40 (here's the science fiction element). Under the protection of The Albatross Society, which is dedicated to keeping people like him safe and secret, he moves places and trades identities every eight years so as not to arouse suspicion. In the past he's had to escape witch finders whereas now his nemesis is biotech companies after the secret of youth (the thriller part); as such Hazard can never trust another 'mayfly' as he calls humans with a three score years and ten lifespan. Yet what he can't escape is the memory of his one true love Rose (the romance bit) back in the seventeenth century, nor his quest to find out what happened to their daughter, Marion, (mystery alert!) who inherited his condition. Whilst Hazard has all the time in the world he struggles to find a meaning to stay alive. On his latest posting, to teach history in an East London secondary school (for me this was the part most difficult to suspend my disbelief for - an untrained person able to swot up on teaching methods and the National Curriculum overnight to succeed at a job interview?), he begins another eight years alone, that is until he meets French teacher Camille who is sure she's seen him before ... For me this wonderful tale is reminiscent of an amalgam of Audrey Niffenegger's 'The Time Traveller's Wife' and David Nicholls' 'One Day'. The setting jumps through time from Shakespearean England to unexplored Tahiti, Paris in La Belle Epoque and others, all of which enlighten us a little more about Hazard's situation. It's the best novel I've read so far this year, and, considering that Benedict Cumberbatch has bought the film rights and is to play the lead role, is only going to gain in popularity.

- 01/09/2017
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