How to stop time by Matt Haig
Tom Hazard looks like an ordinary 40 something history teacher. However, what nobody knows is that, due to a rare condition, Tom’s been alive for centuries. He’s had the luck to meet some of the greats along the way including Shakespeare to F. Scott Fitzgerald. Now he's ready to slow things down. However the past has other ideas.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book - it had so many important messages about life and time within it that I took more from it than just a good storyline. I even noted down a couple of quotes!
You completely empathise with Tom. The Albatross society, which is charged with helping to keep Tom’s condition secret and protect him, impose on him strict rules to live by, including the rule not to fall in love. This feeling of being constrained and forced to follow certain norms is something that many of us can relate to in modern life. That’s why over the course of the book, you become inevitably gripped as he starts to realise that in fact, life can be lived on his own terms.
Reviewer: Sabrina, Mind Membership team