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The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

The word-of-mouth bestseller you won't want to miss

By Claire North

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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*

'ONE OF THE FICTION HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DECADE' Judy Finnigan, Richard and Judy Book Club

Featured in the Richard and Judy Book Club, the BBC Radio 2 Book Club and the Waterstones Book Club
Winner of the John W. Campbell Award
Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award

SOME STORIES CANNOT BE TOLD IN JUST ONE LIFETIME

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 - until now.

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.

This is 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. Perfect for readers of How to Stop Time by Matt Haig, The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.

'Utterly readable, utterly believable and compelling' Judy Finnigan, Richard and Judy Book Club

'Beautiful and gripping' Guardian

'An astonishing re-invention of the time-travel narrative. Bold, magical and masterful' M. R. Carey, author of THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

'Terrific, smart and entertaining' Patrick Ness

'The writing is impeccable . . Plus Harry is a fascinating main character' Heat

'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


Also by Claire North

Novels:
Touch
The Sudden Appearance of Hope (winner of the World Fantasy Award 2017)
The End of the Day (shortlisted for the Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award 2017)
84K

Digital novellas:
The Serpent: Gameshouse Novella 1
The Thief: Gameshouse Novella 2
The Master: Gameshouse Novella 3

Biographical Notes

Claire North is a pseudonym for Catherine Webb, a Carnegie Medal-nominated author whose debut novel was written when she was just fourteen years old. She has fast established herself as one of the most powerful and imaginative voices in modern fiction. Her first book published under the Claire North pen name was The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, which became a word-of-mouth bestseller and was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. The follow-up Touch was described by the Independent as 'little short of a masterpiece'. Her next novel The Sudden Appearance of Hope won the 2017 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, and The End of the Day was shortlisted for the 2017 Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. Her latest novel 84K received widespread critical acclaim and was described by bestselling author Emily St. John Mandel as 'an eerily plausible dystopian masterpiece'. She lives in London.

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  • Publication date: 08 Apr 2014
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An astonishing re-invention of the time-travel narrative. Bold, magical and masterful — M. R. Carey, author of THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS
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 — i09
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
Grabs you from the first page; it crackles along at a rollicking pace . . . unputdownable — The Saturday Paper
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 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
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
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