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The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

By Claire North

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Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 08 April 2014
*** 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.

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About the Author

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.

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From first line to beautiful denouement, Claire North's The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is a gripping read GUARDIAN Fantastic -- Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2 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 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 An astonishing re-invention of the time-travel narrative. Bold, magical and masterful M. R. Carey, author of THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS 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 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 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 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 This is a superb novel, part thriller, part science fiction involving time travel, and part a serious and reflective look at our times ... Harry August is a wonderful character, easy to empathise with ... It's a really different book, which will get people talking. Highly recommended INDEPENDENT (Ireland)

EAN: 9780356502564
ISBN: 0356502562
Publisher: Orbit
Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.2 x 2.8 centimetres (0.45 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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