Time and Time Again by Ben Elton!

time and time again

Time and Time Again is a very unique book, one that was completely different to my usual reads, but one that I’m so happy to have picked up! I’m not really sure what genre I should class it as. There was a mix of historical fiction, time -travel, science fiction, thriller …it really had a bit of everything thrown in there.   If any of those genres interest you then I’d definitely recommend picking this book up, because it really is a page turner from start to finish!

Hugh Stanton is an ex-soldier grieving from the recent death of his wife and children, drifting through his life, waiting for the day when he’ll die. Then, he is recruited by his old university lecturer to save the world – to travel back in time to 1914 following very specific instructions left behind by Sir Issac Newton! It all seems farfetched to Hugh, but within a couple of months there he is in Sarajevo in 1914, planning to stop the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and to stop World War One from ever starting.  However this is time travel, so of course it really doesn’t go to plan. In fact, things end up going very wrong!

I’m a history nerd, so one of my favourite things about this book was the history side of it! I loved the 1914 setting, the brewing tensions of the time period…ok I could go on forever! It all seemed very historically accurate, but told from the point of view of a man from the 21st century. This was a lot of fun for me! My only complaint – and it really is only a small complaint – was that Bernadette seemed a bit too modern for the time period, a little bit too forward with Hugh! I’m pretty sure that a woman of this time, an upper class lady at that, wouldn’t have propositioned a man the way she did!

Professor McClusky asks Hugh the question if you could change one thing in history, one event that is important to the world, what would you change. And in the end they settle on 1914 and the assassination, which of course was the date that Issac Newton calculated way back when. Some of the time travel things were a bit confusing at times – you had to read carefully, and I had to go back and read some sections just to fully get my head around it. But actually the way the story twisted and developed was really clever. It definitely went down a route that I certainly didn’t predict!

Time and Time Again is a hard book to explain but it is well worth a read! I gave it 4.5 stars so I’m totally singing its praises. If you’re looking for something interesting, something a bit different, then you should try Time and Time Again!

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