This week’s must-read book

Category: Staying social

We can’t escape screens – at work, at home and now even in our ‘social’ life – so there’s never been a better time to pick up a book and escape from the world.

Finding the right book for you can be daunting because there’s just too much choice. Where do you start? Amazon’s best sellers? The Times’ Top 10? Or just pluck one at random? Well, how about we give you an option or two with a review? If it sounds like your kind of read, pick it up!

We’ve got a secret book worm among us and they’ve agreed to pen a few reviews for you. Settle down and see if How To Stop Time sounds like your cuppa.

How To Stop Time

Having heard a lot about Matt Haig and listened to a podcast on which he featured, I was intrigued to read this book. Matt has written fiction for both adults and children and is also the author of Reasons To Stay Alive, detailing his depression and anxiety.

How To Stop Time has a wonderful premise. It’s told in the first person by Tom Hazard, a man apparently in his 40s, but living with a rare condition that means he only ages a year every 15 years, so he’s been alive since the 1600s.

Fittingly, he teaches history in a secondary school, the children unaware that he’s actually lived through the lessons he’s talking about. All is not as it seems. The reader is taken through time and the world to learn about Tom’s life, how he has got to where he is, and if there are others with this rare condition.

This book is very easy to read and drew me in quickly as I was intrigued by the original storyline and concept. Well written, interesting and just the right level of description, this book can be enjoyed by all ages from mid-teens upwards.

A good ‘holiday’ (what is one of those?) read if you want to escape and not think too much.

Rating? 3/5

Have you read this book? Or is there another recommendation you’d like to make? Let us know!

My review

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Book review by Harriet A