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    • Publication date:28 Aug 2014
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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
Read by Peter Kenny

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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

*** Featured on BBC Radio 2 Book Club on 22nd April 2014 ***

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.

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.

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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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
An astonishing re-invention of the time-travel narrative. Bold, magical and masterful — M. R. Carey, author of THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS
Gripping — SUN
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
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
Every bit as good as its title. (And, to avoid ambiguity, I love the title.) — WEEKEND HERALD
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
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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