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  • Published: 27 November 2017
  • ISBN: 9781784161774
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $19.99

Hold Back the Stars

One Day meets Gravity - this is the stellar debut from Katie Khan

'A bold new talent' Matt Haig

Ninety minutes.

A few years from now, not too far in the future, two people meet.

It is a classic story of boy meets girl.

Except that it's not.

When we find them, they have an hour and a half left.

Unless they can save themselves, they won't survive.

The clock is ticking.

Bittersweet and life-affirming, Hold Back the Stars is the love story of the year.


'The most unique love story I've read in years' Rowan Coleman
'Prepare to shed tears' Heat
'Original, surprising and romantic' Woman & Home
'Full of wonder and heart' Emma Jane Unsworth
'An incredibly imaginative debut' Sunday Mirror

  • Published: 27 November 2017
  • ISBN: 9781784161774
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Katie Khan

Katie Khan is a writer from London whose first novel, Hold Back the Stars, was published to great acclaim, translated into twenty-two languages, and is being adapted into a feature film. The Light Between Us is her second novel.

Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @katie_khan.


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Praise for Hold Back the Stars

Prepare to shed tears


Original, surprising and romantic

Woman & Home

Breaks your heart, then kicks it a few more times for good measure in the most beautiful way possible

The Pool

A high-stakes, high-concept love story from a bold new talent . . . All of the obvious "out of this world" comments apply.

Matt Haig, author of The Humans

Think Gravity meets The Versions of Us


A tense fight for survival with an unexpected ending ****


An edge-of-your-seat tale.


Gripping from the very first page Hold Back the Stars is a rare combination of thrilling action, deep emotional depth and intelligent ideas. The most unique love story I've read in years.

Rowan Coleman, author of The Memory Book

Just the ticket if you’re looking to get lost in a breathless love story


A unique take on the usual dystopian fiction . . . a worthwhile read which will keep you up past bed time

SciFi Now

This is a stirring, unique and beautifully crafted story on the complexities of first love that will stay with you long after reading. This is going to be huge.


Dazzling . . . a truly stellar debut, full of wonder and heart. I'm sure it's going to be a mega hit.

Emma Jane Unsworth, author of Animals

A beautiful, moving, truly original tale. I loved this book for taking me by surprise.

Renee Knight, author of Disclaimer

Terrific . . . A beautiful story

Samantha Shannon, author of The Bone Season

Gorgeous, brilliant, heartbreaking . . . A love story to remember.

Debbie Howells, author of The Bones of You

A tense, crisp, edge-of-your-seat love story and a completely unexpected ending, I was gripped from the first line to the last. Hold Back The Stars is out of this world. I loved it.

Anna McPartlin, author of The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes

Playfully serious, imaginatively assured, Hold Back the Stars packs real emotional punch.

Laline Paull, author of The Bees

Beguiling and heartbreaking.

Richard Skinner

Terrific . . . A beautiful story.

Samantha Shannon, author of The Bone Season

What a wonderful book.

Claire Douglas, author of The Sisters

A stand-out read, I'll be recommending it to everyone.

James Oswald, author of Natural Causes

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