Book Beginnings On Fridays (The First Fifteen Lives Of Harry August by Claire North)
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opener inspires. Please remember to include the title
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The First Fifteen Lives Of Harry August by Claire North
The second cataclysm began in my eleventh life, in 1996. I was dying my usual death, slipping away in a warm morphine haze, which she interrupted like an ice cube down my spine.
Harry August is on his deathbed. Again.
time Harry dies, he is reborn in exactly the same time and place, a
child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen
No matter what he does or the decisions he makes,
when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, and nothing
ever changes. He only knows that there are others like him, living with
but apart from the rest of us.
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. It has come
down from child to adult, child to adult, passed back through
generations from a thousand years forward in time. The message is that
the world is ending, and we cannot prevent it. So now it's up to you.'
is the story of what Harry August does next - and what he did before -
and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot