Books and Reading

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

I took a bit of a leap today and I treated myself to a book that I wouldn’t usually pick up. I don’t usually ‘do’ sci-fi or fantasy, but “The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August” looks like something I might like. I need to read some material like this for my end of module assessment for my creative writing module, and as it is written by a Carnegie prizewinner it might just tie in with my children’s literature module too so I feel justified in reaching out and trying something a bit different.


harry august

Apparently it has been featured on the Radio2 book club, the Richard and Judy book club and also the Waterstones book club as well as being made into a film. How has this passed me by up til now?

The blurb on the back says:

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.

I’ll let you know how I get on!


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