Great works of fiction have been allowing readers to travel through time for many years. The likes of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and the Brontë sisters have taken us to a time, society and place completely out of sync with our own.
However, fiction is not always about going back in time – sometimes authors are brave enough to throw the usual linear timeline out the window and create something new and exciting that flips time on its head.
The reason I'm thinking about this at the moment is that I have just finished reading The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North. This bold new novel looks at what would happen if – after you died – you woke up exactly where you began your life with all the memories of your previous one. A daring premise on which to base a novel, but one that certainly works in North's favour. The more lives Harry August lives through, the more he begins to question our reason for being, the existence of a deity, and what our purpose on this planet really is.