How to Stop Time - Matt Haig

How to Stop Time

By Matt Haig

  • Release Date: 2018-02-06
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4
From 949 Ratings


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.


  • Time is only in the mind-

    By SPQRomer
    Always enjoy reading books that spark the need to be introspective. This one invokes contemplation of how to live a full life and recognizing the small moments…… no matter how many years you may have.
  • Magical love story

    By munsini
    Not a love story about lovers as much as a story about love in life. Thoroughly enjoyable!
  • Whimsical

    By Applesuz
    Pleasant and light writing, sweet story. Not quite the time travel I was looking for.
  • Wonderful time odyssey

    By Danithegirl04
    Such an interesting and clever way to talk about time and life. I really love the twist of the story and how it’s like a historical fiction novel spanning 4 centuries as well as being in the present. Well done! Read this after Midnight Library and am very happy I did!!
  • Amazing and thought provoking

    By brennansgranmom
    I really enjoyed this book and I hated to have it end. Although some sections seemed to be drawn out a bit much there was never an unreadable moment! The concept of “time travel”isn’t new but I found this book to be a really fresh take on the genre.
  • Fascinating read

    By KathyRD
    This book didn’t disappoint. I have always been fascinated by the concept of time, time travel, and immortality. Instead of the usual vampire story, this one about a mortal man with a special condition addresses emotion - or the lack of - and the realization that time & “progress” don’t necessarily mean the world gets better or that people learn from the past. I would recommend this book and look forward to reading more of Mr. Haig’s work.
  • Love them all! Matt Haig is an excellent storyteller!

    By jillhardy2
    Keep them coming! Love the stories and can’t wait for the films.
  • Okay

    By jeanjamo
    This book had an interesting plot, but it was very slow. For me, the climax and resolution fell flat. However, I’m sure that it will make an interesting film. I’d definitely watch it.
  • Slow read

    By NoahRosenrosen
    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 book
  • Incredible

    By N.A.K.I.
    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.