Though he looks like a regular 41-year-old, Tom Hazard has a secret: he has lived many lives in many places. From Elizabethan England to the high seas, the Golden Age of Jazz to dreary modern-day London, Tom is constantly on the move, always searching for the most important part of his old life. How to Stop Time is an utterly engrossing read about love and loss. If you enjoyed The Time Traveller’s Wife, this one is definitely for you!
Recommended by Olivia Bergin, Dubray Kilkenny
'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.