Lush Library Recommends... How To Stop Time

"I am old. That is the first thing to tell you. The thing that you are least likely to believe. If you saw me you would probably think I was about forty, but you would be very wrong." 

Matt Haig's latest book How To Stop Time was recently awarded it's fourth week in the Bestseller Charts. Following a #LushBookClub LIVE at Lush Studio Soho, we couldn't NOT feature the book as our Lush Library Book Of The Week. 

What would you do if you couldn’t fall in love?

Follow, 439 year-old, Tom Hazard through his journey from Elizabethan England, to Jazz Age Paris, to modern day London. Tom has seen a lot and now craves an ordinary life.

Always changing his identity to stay alive, he has now 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.

During his recent book tour, Matt Haig recalled how he uses his personal experiences with mental health to give him the incentive to write, allowing him to write Tom Hazard as an accessible and personable character.

The film rights to How To Stop Time have been bought by Benedict Cumberbatch and Studio Canal Productions, and Matt is very happy to see it develop.

To discuss his time-hopping novel of love lost, love avoided and love found in a dog called Abraham, Matt Haig was recently a guest at Lush Studio Soho. He also took part in a Q&A with a collection of avid fans. A film of the event will be available on Lush Player.

“The first rule is that you don’t fall in love. There are other rules too, but that’s the main one. No falling in love. No staying in love. No day-dreaming of love.”

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about 2 years ago

Matt Haig's The Humans is also excellent.