“Both incredibly poignant and unceasingly charming, How to Stop Time is the story of a man who has an abundance of time and a scarcity of love. Tom Hazard ages very slowly, so slowly that nothing feels new to him as memories from the past crowd every moment of his present. He has also discovered that time without the people we love loses all meaning. Matt Haig takes us from Shakespeare's London to the Roaring Twenties in Paris, from conquering the new world with Captain Cook to present-day Los Angeles. Scenes both familiar and exotic thrum with life, but the real magic is in how he makes us believe in this 439-year-old man who is only now learning how to live.”
— Luisa Smith, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
“Tom Hazard, born well over 400 years ago, ages just one year for every 15 he lives—is it a blessing or a curse? Encounters with Shakespeare, Captain Cook, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald leave him wanting an ordinary life, but, fearing falling in love and forming close friendships he will inevitably lose, Tom comes to realize a universal truth: real companionship is essential for life to be lived. Matt Haig has written classics for children; now he has written one for adults that book clubs will savor.”
— Karen Briggs, The Booknook, East Tawas, MI
An International Bestselling Author
Film to Star Benedict Cumberbatch
Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but he's been alive for centuries, performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life. 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.