How to Stop Time - Tuesdays from 7th May

How to Stop Time - Tuesdays from 7th May

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Read and discuss this wonderful run through history in this feel-good best seller by Matt Haig! 


  • Join this book club and gain extra motivation to read in English
  • 6 hours of live classes to help you develop fluent speaking in English
  • A best seller that visits many historical times & places - discuss happiness and living a life well
  • Be corrected by an expert English teacher to remove errors and mistakes

Practise and develop your English online in this 6 week upper-intermediate book club course using the modern best selling book How To Stop Time by Matt Haig.  Each week you read some chapters, discuss them in class and improve specific areas of vocabulary or grammar while also examining literary aspects of the novel.  Personalised feedback improves your grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

The Book Club book

Tom Hazard looks like an ordinary 41-year-old, but due to a rare condition he's been alive for centuries.  We travel with him from Elizabethan England to Paris in the 1920s, from New York to the South Pacific.  Tom has seen a lot, but now wants an ordinary life. Can he control his past? Can he prevent himself from falling in love in the present?  This is a wonderful book about losing and finding yourself, about coping in a changing world, and about learning how to really enjoy the moment. It throws a light on what it means to live a meaningful life.

The movie of How to Stop Time is in development starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Geoff says:

"I chose this book because I read it and loved it!  The long life of our hero is told in flashbacks and so we experience history through his eyes, which is always shown with a light touch.  The themes of what it means to live and love are thought-provoking."

Only 8 places available.  Click Add to Cart to reserve your place.

The Book
  • Genre: Historical fiction; fantasy fiction; uplifting literature
  • Language: British English; Modern
  • Suitable for: people new to reading in English - Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
  • Text: Original
  • Length: Average - 101,361 words
Date & Time

Tuesdays from 7th May to 11th June  

Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Rome and most EU 17.30 CET

London, UK, Portugal 16.30 (UTC+1/GMT+1)

Greece, Ukraine   18.30

Saudi Arabia, Turkey  18.30

Age  18+

Online class size

Maximum 8 participants, on Zoom, using break-out rooms for increased speaking and discussion

What you learn

  • To express your ideas clearly, concisely & accurately
  • To improve specific areas of grammar and vocabulary
  • To stop making repeated errors and mistakes  
  • To summarise arguments, highlighting significant points
  • To develop discussions with related comments & feedback
  • To overcome any gaps by paraphrasing or rephrasing
  • To socialise fluently and spontaneously 
Your teacher
  • Geoff Hardy-Gould, BSc, MBA, CTEFLA, DTEFLA. 
  • Over 20 years' experience of UK language schools. 
  • Speaker at:  2024 IATEFL Conference; 2023 IATEFL TechLit! Exploring crossovers between technology and literature; 2022 Extensive Reading Foundation; 2021 TESOL Italia