hold back the stars

'The new One Day' — Stylist magazine

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katie khan


Katie Khan is a writer from London whose first novel, HOLD BACK THE STARS, is published in twenty-four countries internationally and translated into twenty-one languages. HOLD BACK THE STARS is being adapted into a film by producers Dan Cohen and Shawn Levy (Arrival/Stranger Things),
directed by Lee Toland Krieger (The Age of Adaline/Riverdale), and exec produced
by Good Universe (The Disaster Artist).

In the UK, the novel was published in hardback by Transworld (Penguin Random House) in January, and in May by Gallery (Simon & Schuster) in the USA and Canada. The UK paperback will be published on November 30th, and the US paperback on February 20th 2018. More details regarding the translations, including foreign publishers, are on the International Editions page.

A fan of love stories with epic settings both on the page and on screen, Katie spent 10 years working in online editorial and technology, including 4 years as Head of Digital at Paramount Pictures, before joining Warner Bros. in April 2017 to work on a major film production. Named in the 40 Under 40 working in European Cinema at CineEurope 2016, 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.

Katie is represented by literary agent Juliet Mushens, and represented for film rights by
Howard Sanders at UTA.




'The new One Day' — Stylist
'The most unique love story I've read in years' — Rowan Coleman
'Gravity meets The Versions of Us' — Red
'A bold new talent' — Matt Haig



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Published on November 30th, 2017



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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, Carys and Max have an hour and a half left.
After that, there's a chance they won't survive.

The clock is ticking.

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

'An edge-of-your-seat tale' — Vogue
'An incredibly imaginative debut' — Sunday Mirror
'Prepare to shed tears' — Heat
'Original, surprising and romantic' — Woman & Home



Hold Back the Stars is being translated into more than twenty languages around the world.

Head to the INTERNATIONAL EDITIONS page for details including foreign publishers,
international cover designs and publication dates.




Read by Games of Thrones actress Gemma Whelan.

Available on Audible and all good audio sites.

Listen to an extract below.



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 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 incredibly imaginative debut
— Sunday Mirror
Breaks your heart, then kicks it a few more times for good measure in the most beautiful way possible
— The Pool
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
A space romance with a political edge
— Irish Times
A unique take on the usual dystopian fiction . . . a worthy read which will keep you up past bed time ★★★★
— Sci-Fi Now
Just the ticket if you’re looking to get lost in a breathless love story
— Grazia


Nice things some brilliant authors have said about HOLD BACK THE STARS...

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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