How To Stop Time: Review #18


I finished the beauty that is Matt Haig's new novel earlier this week.
(Let's ignore the paint on my hands, we're redecorating)

How to stop time
Matt Haig

"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 and tame the past that is fast catching up with him.

The only thing Tom mustn't do is fall in love."

 How To Stop Time is a beautiful work of fiction and the best read of 2017 for me. Haig's portrayal of human emotions and relationships is quite extraordinary, in a way where you feel as though his writing is for you and just you. There is not a current author like that in my opinion. It's been the first book of the year for me in which I've loved more than anything, in a way which I wish it hadn't ended and that I would of been spoilt with an ongoing story forever. The story was provoking, Matt Haig went right down to the essence of humanity and pulls out what living is "all about". Once I had finished reading this story, I sat back in awe and enlightenment. This book was full of things which made you realise that we can't predict the future and we should stop worrying about the silly things as time is important and doesn't stop for anyone. 

Tom was a character who I loved from the start, I felt such sadness, happiness, excitement and nerves for him throughout the book. He was a character that was written so well that you connected with him and felt empathy when something was to happen. His character went through a lot of sadness but also happiness. The heartbreak he endured was something that broke me, I couldn't imagine living years without someone you loved. Tom's character really was brought to life with Matt Haig's writing, without it Tom wouldn't of been as loveable and alive as he was.

The plot twist towards the end of the book was something I was not expecting, It's written in a way that nobody would even guess. 
All the history in this book was fun to read, from Tom meeting Shakespeare to him teaching as a history teacher and reminiscing on what he'd seen and lived without anyone knowing he wasn't teaching from a book. 

All In all I think this proves to me that I will never hate anything Matt Haig writes and I for once will always be excited about reading anything this genius writes.

By reading this I can see why the film rights were snatched up before the book had even been released, with Benedict Cumberbatch being casted. 

Love, Beth x


  1. Thanks so much for sharing! This book definitely sounds like something I would read, so I'll check it out!

  2. Lovely review! I read Reasons To Stay Alive a few months ago and loved it and now I really want to read this. He is such a brilliant author x

    Tiffany x

  3. I seriously need to read his work. I'll put this on my reading list! Thank you for your lovely review!

    Meg x |

  4. Great review, sounds like a great summer read x

  5. This sounds like an amazing book, I love stuff like this and the fact it feels written for you and only you is amazin.

    Jordanne ||

  6. ooo I LOVE a plot twist, especially those you don't see coming. I'll add this to my TBR list

    Hannah @ The Northern Writes |

  7. I must buy this book! X
    Lola Mia //

  8. I absolutely love boxes with a plot twist so now I must buy this book and read it! I also love the sound of toms personality x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿

  9. wow, this is one great review. The book sounds like a really good read, thanks for sharing.