Hold Back the Stars
Katie Khan

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Narrated By: Gemma Whelan

Duration: 8 hours and 34 minutes

What to expect

‘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.


'Original, surprising and romantic.' Woman & Home

‘Full of wonder and heart.’ Emma Jane Unsworth

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

'Think Gravity meets The Versions of Us.' Red


Romance, Modern & contemporary fiction, Contemporary romance

Listen to a sample

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

The Pool

Think Gravity meets The Versions of Us


Original, surprising and romantic

Woman & Home

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

Prepare to shed tears