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Tom Hazard, or at least that is the name he is currently using, is 439 years old. He was born in the 16th century and has a rare condition that slows his aging process tremendously! As a result, in 2017 he looks like a normal middle-aged man, living in... Tom Hazard, or at least that is the name he is currently using, is 439 years old. He was born in the 16th century and has a rare condition that slows his aging process tremendously! As a result, in 2017 he looks like a normal middle-aged man, living in London and earning his living as a history teacher. Even though it does not show, he is quite a miserable man, as he was often the reason why people he loved got hurt, like for example his mother or his wife and daughter. And therefore, all he really wants is a normal life, where he does not have to hide and can fall in love and grow old and be happy! Additionaly at one point in his life, he met people that are like him and Tom found out, that they formed a sort of society. It is their goal to keep all people with the same condition safe and as a result, Tom joins them. But unfortunately this society is not as peaceful as it seems and their leader Hendrich puts his own desires above others... This book is just wonderful! It takes the reader on a journey through different periods of Toms's life. Rather than telling the story chronologically, the author jumps back and forth in time, and by this the reader really gets to know the protagonist. I have the feeling that no matter what I will write about the story, nothing will do it justice! Like most of Matt Haig's books, it is full of wisdom and raw emotion! As I was reading the book, I got completely lost in the story and I felt so much empathy for Tom, I did not want the book to end... Matt Haig just gets me every time: he makes me rethink my own life and decisions and despite his writing about loneliness, misfortune and doubt, his books always leave a feeling of peacefulness behind! "But you don't always need to look ahead. Sometimes you can just look around and be happy right where you are."