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.
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.
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!