A high-stakes, high-concept love story from a bold new talent . . . All of the obvious ‘out of this world’ comments apply.
— Matt Haig, bestselling author of THE HUMANS & REASONS TO STAY ALIVE
An edge-of-your-seat tale.
— British 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, bestselling author of THE MEMORY BOOK and WE ARE ALL MADE OF STARS
Playfully serious, imaginatively assured, Hold Back the Stars packs real emotional punch.
— Laline Paull, author of the Baileys Prize nominated THE BEES
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, bestselling author of DISCLAIMER
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
Beautifully, frustratingly, heart-breaking.
— Maggie Harcourt, author of THE LAST SUMMER OF US and UNCONVENTIONAL
This is a superbly controlled book, a portrait of a relationship on a clock and under pressure. Set amid a very convincing future world, it’s beguiling and heartbreaking.
— Richard Skinner, author of THE MIRROR and Director of the Fiction Programme at Faber Academy
Gorgeous, brilliant, heartbreaking . . . A love story to remember.
— Debbie Howells, bestselling author of THE BONES OF YOU
What a shiny jewel of a read! Such heart, such brilliance, such exquisite observation. I envy those who are yet to discover this bold and captivating delight.
— Caroline Smailes, author of THE DROWNING OF ARTHUR BRAXTON


UK, Australia & New Zealand
Transworld Books
Publication January 26th, 2017

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‘We’re going to be fine.’ 
He looks around, but there’s nothing out here: nothing but the bottomless black universe on their left, the Earth suspended in glorious technicolour to their right.

Carys and Max have ninety minutes of air left.
None of this was supposed to happen.
But perhaps this doesn’t need to be the end…

Adrift in space with nothing to hold on to but each other, Carys and Max can’t help but look back at the well-ordered world they have left behind – at the rules they couldn’t reconcile themselves to, and a life to which they might now never return.
For in a world where love is banned, what happens when you find it? 

Hold Back the Stars is a love story like no other.

USA & Canada
Gallery Book
Publication May 23rd, 2017

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A startling and evocative novel, harkening to both One Day and Gravity, a man and a woman revisit memories of their love affair on a utopian Earth while they are trapped in the vast void of space with only ninety minutes of oxygen left.

After the catastrophic destruction of the Middle East and the United States, Europe has become a utopia and, every three years, the population must rotate into different multicultural communities, living as individuals responsible for their own actions. While living in this paradise, Max meets Carys and immediately feels a spark of attraction. He quickly realizes, however, that Carys is someone he might want to stay with long-term, which is impossible in this new world.

As their relationship plays out, the connections between their time on Earth and their present dilemma in space become clear. When their air ticks dangerously low, one is offered the chance of salvation—but who will take it? An original and daring exploration of the impact of first love and how the choices we make can change the fate of everyone around us, this is an unforgettable read.


S'Accrocher aux Étoiles
Super 8, Sonatine Editions
April 2017

Zadrž hvězdy
May 2017

Heyne, Random House

Newton Compton

Super8, Sonatine

Penguin Random House

Portuguese (Portugal)









Portuguese (Brazil)

Chinese (Simplified)

Chinese (Complex)



Publication dates
to be announced



While writing Hold Back The Stars I collected images, graphics, inspiration, and the odd bit of research on my space-themed Tumblr. Take a look (and send me anything awesome!):  holdbackthestars.tumblr.com