Book releases often come in cycles: a literary trend can be cynically (but successfully) pushed upon us by publishers wanting to replicate a runaway hit, but occasionally, authors happen upon a similar idea at the same time creating a natural zeitgeist. The day after I received Matt Haig and Rowan Coleman’s brilliant new books about time travel last month, I also received a non-fiction book about time through the post. Well, 3 IS the magic number…
Middle-aged Tom Hazard has a delicate and dangerous secret – he’s been alive since the middle ages due to a rare condition that means he ages slower than other humans (8 years to our 1). Granted, his long, exciting existence has meant he’s experienced everything from Shakespeare’s England to Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age, but its also been a lonely one. Now working as a history teacher, he wants to live as normal a life as possible, but, as this beautiful, absorbingly bittersweet story shows, it can take more than one lifetime to learn how to live. A clever, thought-provoking bestseller that’s soon to be a film with Benedict Cumberbatch.
Luna Sinclair is a quantum physicist with the power to time-travel. When Luna and her sister Pia take a trip to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to visit a house bequeathed to them after their mother’s suicide, Luna finds herself slipping back in time to 1977, the summer that changed the course of her mother’s life forever. Soon she realises her power could help her find out the truth about their tortured mother – and even save her life, but at what cost to her own? Set against a backdrop of disco in the year and place that Saturday Night Fever was filmed, I dare you not to devour this magically evocative, emotional and clever book in a couple of days.
Less time-travel, more a study in time-theft, this is a must-read handbook about why, when we have more time than ever, we constantly feel that we don’t have enough. Informative, authoritative and enlightening, Blyth presents how time shapes our lives through philosophy, psychology and history examples and gives suggestions how we can harness it to navigate our way through our high-speed modern world.