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

'A bold new talent' Matt Haig

'The most unique love story I've read in years' Rowan Coleman



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.



'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

Reviews

Prepare to shed tears

Heat

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

Red

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

Sun

An edge-of-your-seat tale.

Vogue

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

Grazia

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.

Image

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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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784161774

    November 27, 2017

    Black Swan

    320 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Hardback

    9780857524003

    February 15, 2017

    Doubleday

    320 pages

    RRP $39.99

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    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
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    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • Trade Paperback

    9780857523990

    January 30, 2017

    Doubleday

    320 pages

    RRP $32.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781473541177

    January 26, 2017

    Transworld Digital

    320 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

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