The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
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The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

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*** Featured in the Richard and Judy Book Club *** *** Featured in the Waterstones Book Club *** *** Featured on BBC Radio 2 Book Club *** 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 May 2016) Digital novellas: The Serpent: Gameshouse Novella 1 The Thief: Gameshouse Novella 2 The Master: Gameshouse Novella 3show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 134 x 198 x 30mm | 352g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Orbit
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0356502589
  • 9780356502588
  • 6,391

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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. Upcoming4meshow more

About Claire North

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.show more

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Utterly readable, utterly believable and compelling . . . one of the fiction highlights of the decade Judy Finnigan, Richard and Judy Book Clubshow more

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