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katie khan


Katie Khan is a writer from London whose first novel, HOLD BACK THE STARS, was published in January 2017 in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand by Transworld (Penguin Random House), and will be followed in the USA and Canada by Gallery (Simon & Schuster) on 23rd May, 2017.

HOLD BACK THE STARS will be translated into twenty languages around the world - more details, including foreign publishers, are on the International Editions page.

A graduate of the acclaimed Faber Academy writing course, and a fan of love stories with epic settings both on the page and on screen, Katie works for a film studio looking after digital marketing for Paramount Pictures in the UK. In 2016 Katie was named in the 40 Under 40 working in European Cinema at CineEurope, and The Drum's Top 50 most influential people in social media marketing in the UK. Katie was also selected as a Rising Star by
The Media Eye

She is the hapless guardian of a chihuahua called Marley.


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UK edition

'The new One Day' — Stylist magazine

‘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. 
Adrift in space with nothing to hold on to but each other, Carys and Max can’t help but look back at the world they left behind. A world whose rules they couldn’t submit to, a place where they never really belonged; a home they’re determined to get back to because they’ve come too far to lose each other now.

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

'A high-stakes, high-concept love story from a bold new talent.' — Matt Haig






The new One Day
— Stylist
An edge-of-your-seat tale
— British Vogue
A tense survival story with an unexpected ending ★★★★
— The Sun
As thought provoking as it is wrenching, prepare to shed tears ★★★★
— Heat
Think Gravity meets The Versions of Us
— Red
Original, surprising and romantic
— Woman & Home
The unfolding narrative is ripe for a film adaptation, as it’s Khan’s richly woven back story that really sings
— Wired
Gravity meets One Day in this futuristic romance —Khan has skilfully fleshed out her dystopian future
— Marie Claire Australia
An incredibly imaginative debut
— Sunday Mirror
A space romance with a political edge
— Irish Times
The ‘ticking clock’ nature of the novel will have you tearing through it as quickly as you can, all the while getting caught up in the couple’s beautiful love story
— Hello!
An emotional love story
— The Guardian / Observer
Intriguing and moving, it’s a love story that’s out of this world ★★★★
— Sunday Express
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
[Max and Carys] are undeniably human, with human emotions, and that is part of what makes this book a worthy read, which will keep you up past bed time ★★★★
— Sci-Fi Now


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
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
Terrific . . . a beautiful story.
— Samantha Shannon, bestselling author of THE BONE SEASON
Playfully serious, imaginatively assured, Hold Back the Stars packs real emotional punch.
— Laline Paull, bestselling author of the Baileys Prize nominated THE BEES
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
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
Bittersweet and beautiful. An intricate and heart-breaking vision of the future.
— Lauren James, YA author of THE NEXT TOGETHER
Beautifully, frustratingly, heart-breaking.
— Maggie Harcourt, YA author of UNCONVENTIONAL
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
This story is gorgeousness in book form.
— Miranda Dickinson, bestselling author of FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK

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