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Publisher Description

'ONE OF THE FICTION HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DECADE' Judy Finnigan, Richard and Judy Book Club

Featured in the Richard and Judy Book Club, the BBC Radio 2 Book Club and the Waterstones Book Club
Winner of the John W. Campbell Award
Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award


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.

This is 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. Perfect for readers of How to Stop Time by Matt Haig, The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.

'Utterly readable, utterly believable and compelling' Judy Finnigan, Richard and Judy Book Club

'Beautiful and gripping' Guardian

'An astonishing re-invention of the time-travel narrative. Bold, magical and masterful' M. R. Carey, author of THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

'Terrific, smart and entertaining' Patrick Ness

'The writing is impeccable . . Plus Harry is a fascinating main character' Heat

'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

Also by Claire North

The Sudden Appearance of Hope (winner of the World Fantasy Award)
The End of the Day (shortlisted for the Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award)
84K (shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award)
The Gameshouse
The Pursuit of William Abbey
Notes from the Burning Age

Sweet Harmony

Fiction & Literature
8 April
Little, Brown Book Group

Customer Reviews

LeFishé ,

Fantastic book

This book was recommended to me and now I wish to recommend to you. It has some sophisticated ideas, and jumps through the story in a way that draws you in . The idea of Harry August as a character is well thought out, and the story, even as it jumps through many lives, follows an order not of time but of a progression of character-building. There are times when the topics could have become mundane or hard to follow, but the wit of Harry (and the author) and dialogue between characters kept the book rolling seamlessly into each life we loved through. A fantastic book, a great read and well worth paying for. I can see this being a great film with the right director.

Becbl00d ,


One of the most amazing, original and griping novels I have ever read. This author is truly exceptional.

Book mite ,

An excellent read

Jealous of anyone who is just about to read the first page. Enjoy, it is good.

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