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The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August - Claire North

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

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Published: 8th April 2014
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I have read The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. It was fascinating. A real page turner, too. I will read it again. Highly recommended. Now I just want to know who the author really is. Could it be John le Carre? Margaret Atwood? Who? - John Purcell, The Booktopia Book Guru.

Book Description

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.

Every time Harry dies, he is reborn in exactly the same time and place, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before.

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, and nothing ever changes. He only knows that there are others like him, living with, but apart, from the rest of us.

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. It has come down from child to adult, child to adult, passed back through generations from a thousand years forward in time. The message is that the world is ending, and we cannot prevent it. So now it's up to you.'

This is the story of what Harry August does next - and what he did before - and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

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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5.0

Brilliant!

By Matt

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Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Suspenseful
  • Well Written

Cons

  • Slow pace

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Comments about The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August:

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is brilliant! It may begin slowly, but persevere and you will glad you did.

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4.0

Clever and a great read

By Diana

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      The book a great page turning read. Good for introducing literary fiction to sci-fi fans and vv.

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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)

      ISBN: 9780356502564
      ISBN-10: 0356502562
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 416
      Published: 8th April 2014
      Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
      Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 3.2
      Weight (kg): 0.65
      Edition Number: 1