The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

by Claire North

Published 8 April

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

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August hardback book

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

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About the book

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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.


‘An astonishing re-invention of the time-travel narrative. Bold, magical and masterful
M. R. Carey, author of The Girl With All The Gifts

Harry August will break your heart fifteen times
Jared Shurin

‘A story of love, loss, triumph, sorrow . . . The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is an exceptionally well-written novel’

‘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’

‘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

‘A masterful literary thriller

‘A brave, genre-defying novel, which is mind-blowing in its originality and bold concept . . . Stunning!’

‘Beautifully written and structured . . . a remarkable book


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About the author

Claire North is a pseudonym for acclaimed British author Catherine Webb who has previously published several novels in different genres.
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