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The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

Claire North

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Science fiction

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.

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.


Also by Claire North

Novels:
Touch
The Sudden Appearance of Hope (coming JUNE 2016)

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Praise for The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • 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

  • 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

  • A masterful literary thriller - io9

  • A bold re-invention of the time travel narrative, and an astonishing duel to the death between two immortals. Masterful. - Mike Carey, author of the Felix Castor novels

  • A bold re-invention of the time travel narrative, and an astonishing duel to the death between two immortals. Masterful - Mike Carey, author of the Felix Castor novels

  • 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, Pornokitsch Blog

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Claire North

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 is fast establishing 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 received widespread critical acclaim and 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 her recent book The End of the Day has been shortlisted for the 2017 Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. In addition to working on her next novel 84K, Claire is also one of three writers contributing to the upcoming Black Mirror book, which ties into Charlie Brooker's award-winning TV series. In between writing, Claire also works as a theatre lighting designer. She lives in London.