The First 15 Lives of Harry August by Claire North

The First 15 Lives of Harry August
The First 15 Lives of Harry August

Recommended by Tanya Scoon

This is not my usual genre, but the title of the book and some rave reviews prompted me to a bit of a change.

Although the first few chapters take a bit of getting used to, once you’re into the style and pattern, it becomes addictive reading.

If you were looking for a leisurely ‘Groundhog Day’ story, this is not the book for you. It’s a strange tale with lots of sci-fi, a fair helping of historical fact, a bit of technology and quite a lot of philosophical thought thrown in.

Harry August is an unremarkable child born in a railway station in the 1920s to a mother who was raped, and raised by an adopted family without knowing who his father was.

His life is ordinary – he enlists during World War Two and eventually dies from bone cancer.

And that would be it, except for the fact that he is born again ... in the same railway station and, as he grows, with all the memories of his previous life. And so the story goes on.

It will certainly make you think.