The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

So for more than a year I’ve had very little to say about the things I’ve been working on.  I’ve had very little to say on this blog, in emails, at conventions, giving talks, doing readings or just talking to people who are affably curious to know.  Arguably, I’ve had so little to say that I’ve actually said a great deal, since dodging questions can often be harder work than just saying, ‘yes, this’.  However, at roughly the time this post goes live, I should be on the radio saying tonnes about the books I’ve been writing all this time, and the book that’s just been published, and the books yet to come, and since this is so I may as well say now…

I wrote a book called the First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.

To anyone who’s read the Kate Griffin books and has been wondering quite what topsecretprojects1, 2 and 3.1-3.3 are then please accept now my apologies on having taken so long to own up to it, and having had such a thrillingly malicious time in teasing you about it.  The short answer is, topsecretprojects1-3.3 are the collected works of Claire North, a woman who’s name it turns out has an ‘i’ in it, and whose signature, in those books she’s signed thus far, only took three or four attempts before she worked this out for herself.

I owe anyone who’s patiently sat on this blog waiting for some sort of publication news a far longer explanation, and honestly, now that I’m free to do so I will post about the book, about the pseudonym, about the sequels and… well… everything.  However, now, and for the sake of not shooting my mouth off before I can mix my metaphors, I’m going to leave things on an ellipsis and an extract link….

http://www.orbitbooks.net/excerpt/first-fifteen-lives-harry-august/

harry august

20 Comments:

  1. Just bought it and have it now sitting on my iPad. Sounds like a really fascinating book – looking forward to having the time to read it!

  2. Can’t wait to get my hands on it. Sounds like a thrilling read, and time travel isn’t usually a thing I read about! I have also been scouring the internet too see what peoples thoughts are of the book, as expected, it is highly reviewed. Roll on pay day next week :D

  3. Genevieve Cogman

    Excellent! Fantastic, even! (downloads onto kindle even as she types this)

    I will have to let my mother know about this, too – she also loves your work and has all your books so far.

  4. Cool! That was on my list of books to buy when it came out in paperback – I’m a bit tentative buying authors I’ve never read before and rarely buy the hardback.

    After your big reveal though, it’s been moved to my list of books I’m waiting to be delivered! :-)

  5. Unbelievably, we thought it was you behind the name:)

    See our review:
    http://upcoming4.me/news/book-.....aire-north
    It’s a fantastic book!

  6. Fantastic! I can’t wait to get this on my Pad. I remember You hinting that there would be a new name appearing on your books a while back, but I didn’t think it would be on the first of the un-named projects.
    Thanks, Kate/Claire/Catherine ;^)

  7. Found just enough bandwidth to let me download it to my phone. It’ll now take precedence over the other two books I’ve been reading. :^)

  8. …..you’re worth forever…..

  9. Up to chapter 12, enjoying it immensely.

  10. I don’t want to not join in the joy, but will there be any more Matthew Swift novels?

  11. Absolutely loved it. Superb book. Fascinating way of looking at time travel and cause and effect. Thank you.

  12. I’m trying to figure if I will read it.

  13. Currently on Chapter 27, and what’s interesting is that, despite knowing the author, and having read everything she’s written under two other names, (yes, I know I’m referring to you in the third-person, Kate), I’m reading ‘…Harry August’ as a completely different writer. Which I’m sure was your intension, Kate, hence the pseudonym, but it rather surprised me; if I’d actually come across the book in a book-shop before knowing the actual identity of the author, and read it, I would never have thought of it as one of your books.
    I will be buying the hardcover as well as the download, in the hope that I’ll at some time manage to get it signed by your own fair hand, along with the final Matthew Swift books that aren’t signed.
    Hopefully. :^)
    Going to find the Book Review on iPlayer in a bit, too.

  14. Remarkably fine novel, and now that I know who the author is, I have ordered a couple of your others. Congrats. Keep it up.

  15. I’d looked at this book when i came out, and waited until I’d seen some reviews. After this blogpost, I picked it up (as I’m a huge fan of the Kate Griffin books) and really, really enjoyed it. In the first few chapters, I thought it might be along the lines of Ken Grimwood’s “Replay”, but it had a much bigger scope and was much, much better.

    I had one minor nit – from Soviet institute names like Arzamas-16 I understood naming was of the format [Nearest Town]-[Distance], which would put Pietrok-112 one kilometer from Pietrok-111, and not two hours away (and, in fact, it would be unlikely there’s be two places with such similar names).

  16. Read it this weekend and loved it. I’m not good at reviews (and want to avoid spoilers) but it had a great story and I really enjoyed the characters.

    I agree with AdrianH that it didn’t read the same as a Kate Griffin book. There were a couple of times that made me think “actually, I can see that it ‘s the same author” but, I doubt that I would have thought “Oh, yes this is Kate Griffin” if I didn’t already know.

    Also, the hardback came with what looked like a handwritten note on a postcard, which made a nice impromptu bookmark! :-)

  17. I am really enjoying this book and now discover you are behind it… Your not secretly every other author I enjoy?

  18. YAY!

    Can’t wait for the next 15!

  19. I read your book in two days. Excellent!

  20. Of course, the big question is, who will play Harry August in the (possible) film?

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