Why this book?
I found North’s mind-bending novel as I was crossing the threshold from cancer patient to cancer survivor (my own cross-genre personal narrative!). A blend of historical fiction, science fiction, and Groundhog Day, Harry August shows us fifteen iterations of the twentieth century through Harry's uncanny repetitive immortality and a conveniently perfect memory. The book uses its Groundhog Day plot device to raise interesting questions about love and memory and inheritance (even to himself!). And its historical and science-fiction angles reveal something of a Stoic/Zen parable about what you can control and what you can’t.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
'ONE OF THE FICTION HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DECADE' Judy Finnigan, Richard and Judy Book Club
Featured in the Richard and Judy Book Club, the BBC Radio 2 Book Club and the Waterstones Book Club
Winner of the John W. Campbell Award
Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award
SOME STORIES CANNOT BE TOLD IN JUST ONE LIFETIME
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.…