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The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August Book Å Download · Join or create book clubs Ý [PDF / Epub] ☂ The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August By Join or create book clubs – Eyltransferservices.co.uk ONE OF THE FICTION HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DECADE Judy Finnigan Richard and JudONE OF THE FICTION HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DECADE Judy Finnigan Richard and Judy Book ClubFeatured in the Richard and Judy Book Club the BBC Radio 2 Book Club and the Waterstones Book Club Winner of the John W Campbell AwardShortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke AwardSOME STORIES CANNOT BE TOLD IN JUST ONE LIFETIMENo 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 nowAs 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 messageThis 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 allowThis 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 HoneymanUtterly readable utterly believable and compelling Judy Finnigan Richard and Judy Book ClubBeautiful and gripping GuardianAn 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 NessThe writing is impeccable Plus Harry is a fascinating main character Heat I dont say this lightly but The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is one of the top ten books Ive ever read James Dashner bestselling author of THE MAZE RUNNER Also by Claire NorthNovels Touch The Sudden Appearance of Hope winner of the World Fantasy Award The End of the Day shortlisted for the Sunday TimesPFD Young Writer of the Year Award 84K shortlisted for the Philip K Dick Award The Gameshouse The Pursuit of William AbbeyDigital novellas The Serpent Gameshouse Novella 1 The Thief Gameshouse Novella 2The Master Gameshouse Novella 3 What if you could life forever but instead of living in past present and future you live the same few decades of your life over and over again? Would you ever get bored?Harry August has been reborn and doesn’t understand what is happening to him That is until he finds The Cronus Club After one of the Cronus club members helps Harry out of a bad situation he cannot escape on his own Harry leans about the others like him and the rules they must follow Harry goes on living his lives as a contributing member of the Cronus club until a young girl catches Harry on his death bed and gives him a message to send up from young to old young to old “The world is ending faster than it should be and always has in the past” Can Harry find who is causing the future to change from the past and stop them?I will say that I ended up really liking the book The problem is that the beginning moves so very slow I almost gave up reading this book several times But kept hearing other people’s reviews about how the story picks up So I kept going I’m glad I did The last 25% of the book really make the story one worth reading This was a deeper and darker story than what I initially that I was reading It makes you uestion so many things This is the type of book that stays with you longer after you’ve finished reading itI struggled with what rating to give this The slowness of the beginning really is off putting There will be many readers not able to finish because the story has no visible direction for so much of the book I can definitely see how people came to the different rating The 2 stars will be the people who gave up and stopped reading The 4 stars will be the people who enjoy the last part so much that it’s enough to overlook the slow build up Then there will be those like me who really liked the book but just couldn’t get passed how slow the being was and felt that the book suffered for it So that is how I came to my 3 star rating

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ONE OF THE FICTION HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DECADE Judy Finnigan Richard and Judy Book ClubFeatured in the Richard and Judy Book Club the BBC Radio 2 Book Club and the Waterstones Book Club Winner of the John W Campbell AwardShortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke AwardSOME STORIES CANNOT BE TOLD IN JUST ONE LIFETIMENo 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 nowAs 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 messageThis 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 allowThis 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 HoneymanUtterly readable utterly believable and compelling Judy Finnigan Richard and Judy Book ClubBeautiful and gripping GuardianAn 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 NessThe writing is impeccable Plus Harry is a fascinating main character Heat I dont say this lightly but The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is one of the top ten books Ive ever read James Dashner bestselling author of THE MAZE RUNNER Also by Claire NorthNovels Touch The Sudden Appearance of Hope winner of the World Fantasy Award The End of the Day shortlisted for the Sunday TimesPFD Young Writer of the Year Award 84K shortlisted for the Philip K Dick Award The Gameshouse The Pursuit of William AbbeyDigital novellas The Serpent Gameshouse Novella 1 The Thief Gameshouse Novella 2The Master Gameshouse Novella Harry August has a pretty ordinary life He is born in Berwick upon Tweed in 1919 and dies in a hospital in Newcastle in 1989 In the meantime he has different jobs various relationships and tries to move on from his difficult family life But when he dies he finds himself as a child again regaining his memories of his prior life This happens again And againHarry is an Ouroboran destined to live his life again and again He is one of hundreds and through the overlapping lifespans of Ouroborans it is possible to send and receive messages from the distant past and distant future But in Harry's eleventh life the messages from the future start changing the world is ending and it is accelerating When Harry's fellow Ouroborans start permanently dying by someone assassinating their parents before they conceived or having their memories wiped and amazing technology appears decades early he realises that one of their number has betrayed them and is using their power for their own ends with destructive conseuences for humanityThe First Fifteen Lives of Harry August was released in 2014 and won the John W Campbell Memorial Award as well as being nominated for the Arthur C Clark Award It gained surprising widespread prominence after being featured on the UK's biggest TV book show It is written by Catherine Webb under the pseudonym Claire North which she uses to explore protagonists with unusual abilities The Sudden Appearance of Hope is in a similar veinWebb is a constantly intriguing and interesting author shifting genres and prose styles with enviable ease as she explores different ideas and characters At her best she comes across as a restless far prolific and slightly less repetitive but also somewhat wordy Christopher Priest with her books dwelling on themes such as identity and motivation amongst shifting realities and points of viewThe First Fifteen Lives of Harry August may be her finest novel to date The central premise is incredibly strong and it deals with the existential uestions surrounding the idea in surprising depth and with logic uestions are raised such as if the Ouroborans are living in the same world changing it each time they live through it or if they are skipping from one timeline to another and the moral conseuences of that for the timelines they leave behind upon death The overlapping lifespans of different Ouroborans allow them to bring back knowledge from the distant future since an Ouroboran born in say 1984 dies in the late 21st Century is reborn reveals that information to another one who was born in 1925 who can pass it back in their next life etc and this raises moral uandaries about if they should hoard their knowledge or try to improve humanity's lotThis latter uestion consumes much of the novel especially when it becomes clear that trying to change things often results in far worse conseuences But the dry time travel shenanigans are contrasted against Harry's characterisation especially the trauma he carries from his first life and his intriguing relationship with a sometimes nemesis Vincent The path of the Ouroboran can be a lonely frustrating one and Harry's dislike of Vincent for his relaxed morality is tempered with respect for his intelligence and just the company of a fellow travel on a journey through their looping lives This relationship forms the core of the novel and is developed with relish by the authorThe First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is a smart and thoughtful reflection on life love loss identity science and the end of the world

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The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August3 ONE OF THE FICTION HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DECADE Judy Finnigan Richard and Judy Book ClubFeatured in the Richard and Judy Book Club the BBC Radio 2 Book Club and the Waterstones Book Club Winner of the John W Campbell AwardShortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke AwardSOME STORIES CANNOT BE TOLD IN JUST ONE LIFETIMENo 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 nowAs 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 messageThis 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 allowThis 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 HoneymanUtterly readable utterly believable and compelling Judy Finnigan Richard and Judy Book ClubBeautiful and gripping GuardianAn 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 NessThe writing is impeccable Plus Harry is a fascinating main character Heat I dont say this lightly but The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is one of the top ten books Ive ever read James Dashner bestselling author of THE MAZE RUNNER Also by Claire NorthNovels Touch The Sudden Appearance of Hope winner of the World Fantasy Award The End of the Day shortlisted for the Sunday TimesPFD Young Writer of the Year Award 84K shortlisted for the Philip K Dick Award The Gameshouse The Pursuit of William AbbeyDigital novellas The Serpent Gameshouse Novella 1 The Thief Gameshouse Novella 2The Master Gameshouse Novella I picked up this book in Waterstones’ cafe last year The beginning intrigued me so I bought a copyThe premise is that Harry August is re born each time he dies He lives his life over again albeit never in the same way He accumulates knowledge and experience across his lifetimes as do others of his rare kindThe story becomes something of a time travelling thriller a cat and mouse chase over several repeated lifetimes I am sorry to say that the characters lacked credibility and depth I would say a good idea that needed a better writer