The extraordinary journey of one unforgettable character - a story of friendship and betrayal, loyalty and redemption, love and loneliness and the inevitable march of time. *Richard and Judy Book Club pick* *Waterstones Book Club Pick* *BBC Radio 2 Book Club pick*
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Harry August is on his deathbed. Again.
No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.
As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. 'I nearly missed you, Doctor August,' she says. 'I need to send a message.'
This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.
Also by Claire North
The Sudden Appearance of Hope (coming May 2016)
The Serpent: Gameshouse Novella 1
The Thief: Gameshouse Novella 2
The Master: Gameshouse Novella 3
Claire North is a pseudonym for an acclaimed British author who has previously published several novels. This book is completely different from any of them.
Utterly readable, utterly believable and compelling . . . one of the fiction highlights of the decade — Judy Finnigan, Richard and Judy Book Club
Beautiful and gripping — GUARDIAN
The writing is impeccable . . Plus Harry is a fascinating main character . . . And if his next 15 lives are half as eventful, we look forward to the sequel — HEAT
A masterful literary thriller — io9
An astonishing re-invention of the time-travel narrative. Bold, magical and masterful — M. R. Carey, author of THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS
I don't say this lightly but The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is one of the top ten books I've ever read — James Dashner, bestselling author of THE MAZE RUNNER
Gripping — SUN
This wonderful novel, narrated by Harry, ranges back and forth in time as he recounts episodes from his various lives, but it's all held together by a compelling mystery involving nothing less than the end of the world itself . . . Beautifully written and structured . . . a remarkable book — BOOKLIST
North builds her clever conceit into an emotionally satisfying novel — NEW SCIENTIST
Every bit as good as its title. (And, to avoid ambiguity, I love the title.) — WEEKEND HERALD
Grabs you from the first page; it crackles along at a rollicking pace . . . unputdownable — THE SATURDAY PAPER
A truly extraordinary novel: an impeccable portrait of a friendship tortured by time in which masterful character and fantastic narrative come together to tremendous effect — TOR.COM
Terrific, smart and entertaining — Patrick Ness
Claire North's sophisticated writing and astute plotting have made this my book of the year — Peter F. Hamilton
A thoughtful and considered time-travel novel, shocking twists and, most important of all, a beautiful character. Harry August will break your heart fifteen times — Jared Shurin
A brave, genre-defying novel, which is mind-blowing in its originality and bold concept . . . Stunning! — NOVELICIOUS
Part unique and intriguing mystery, part philosophical look at life, memory and time travel this story kept me totally gripped from the opening words to the mind-blowing finale — BITE THE BOOK
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is an extraordinary novel, as the publicity has promised — THE SPECULATIVE SCOTSMAN
An extraordinary book . . . an impressive piece of work. — Upcoming4me