The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

Claire North

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.

Take the near-perfect vehicle that is the movie Groundhog Day, add a supercharger, after-burners and on-board super-computer, and you’ll get some idea of what a fabulous creation this novel is. Writer Claire North – a pseudonym shielding the identity of an acclaimed and published British author – has created in Harry August a character capable of endless re-birth and regeneration. He makes even Dr Who seem rather dull and predictable.

Richard and Judy's posts

More posts