Matt Haig is an internationally acclaimed writer of adult and children’s novels, screenplays, non-fiction and journalism. His book addressing mental health Reasons to Stay Alive has spent 45 weeks in the Sunday Times bestseller list since publication in 2015, while his novel The Humans has sold over 200,000 copies and was chosen as a World Book Night title in 2015.
His latest novel, How to Stop Time, has been optioned for film by Benedict Cumberbatch’s production company SunnyMarch and StudioCanal, with Cumberbatch playing the lead. It tells the story of Tom Hazard, a man with 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 and tame the past that is fast catching up with him. The only thing Tom mustn’t do is fall in love.