How To Stop Time, Matt Haig
There are always those books that stay with you and find yourself pondering whilst on the tube or making a cup of tea and this is most definitely one of those books. I was new to Matt Haig's writing, which has caused physical gasping reactions from some, but I'm happy I have finally found him.
This story not only hooks you straight in but takes your heart on an emotional rollercoaster through centuries of time. Our main character, Tom, lives for a very very long time - the idea is simple, some humans age slower, much slower than others and this is what is happening to our main man. And that's the only scientific thing about it, if you were wondering. Tom is immediately likeable simply because he has seen so much and already felt so much - you root for him the whole way. The book deals with human nature and all it's complexities as well as reminding us that no matter how much time you are given, be it centuries or not, life is precious.
I fell in love with this book, the characters, the story - every part of Tom's life is beautifully told from Shakespearean London to the Jazz Clubs in Paris. But there's also a tension throughout the book due to Tom's anti-aging secret and his many pasts finally catch up with him. I don't want to give too much away as there are many plot twists and turns throughout and that's part of the books allure. If you want a page turner, this is one for you.
I couldn't recommend this book more - it's a difficult one to place genre wise, I would simply call it brilliant story telling. And if that doesn't sell it to you, there's a rumour that Benedict Cumberbatch is set to play the lead role in the film adaptation!