New book announced!

I can finally share the news….. My third novel is a romantic psychological thriller set in space called The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, out with Walker Books in September 2017!

It tells the story of Romy & J, who are both alone on ships travelling through space and start talking via email. The only problem? Their ships are light years apart and messages take months to travel between them.

It gets….complicated. To say the least.

I’ve already seen the cover for the book and it is RIDICULOUSLY BEAUTIFUL. If you think the TNT covers are good….. 👌👌👌👌

I’ve been keeping this deal a secret since March – 8 MONTHS. I feel a bit naughty for finally talking about it!

Also: you MIGHT have noticed a sneaky reference to this at the end of The Last Beginning. 🙃

And here’s the official press release (!):



Walker Books has acquired two more novels from Lauren James, author of The Next Together, which was shortlisted for Maximum Pop Books’ Debut of the Year, and a sequel, The Last Beginning, which has just been published. In autumn 2017, Walker Books UK will publish The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, a YA romantic thriller set in space. Commissioning Editor Annalie Grainger acquired world rights in all languages, excluding North America, in a two-book deal from Claire Wilson at RCW.

The novel focuses on Romy and J, the solitary occupants of two spaceships that have been sent out on reconnaissance missions to find a new home for Earth’s growing population. Their only communication is through email. Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to − someone who is light years away?

Grainger comments: “We’re delighted to be building on Lauren’s success. She is such a talented writer and has already gained a real following. Loneliest Girl has everything we’ve come to expect from her: an ingenious concept, fast-paced storyline and fabulous characters. There’s also a killer twist that readers won’t see coming!”

Lauren James said: “I’m so excited to be working with the amazing team at Walker on two more books! I can’t wait for you all to meet Captain Romy Silvers, the darling of the spaceship The Infinity. She’s completely stolen my heart, and I hope she’ll steal yours too.”

Walker Books will publish The Loneliest Girl in the Universe in autumn 2017, with another book to follow in 2018, The Quiet at the End of the World.

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My tumblr posts about The Loneliest Girl In The Universe are all collected here. Here are some links to get you started:

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Art of Romy by Alice Oseman 

Published by Lauren James

Lauren James is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many Young Adult novels, including Green Rising, The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. She is a RLF Royal Fellow, freelance editor and screenwriter. Lauren is the founder of the Climate Fiction Writers League, and on the board of the Authors & Illustrators Sustainability Working Group through the Society of Authors. Her books have sold over a hundred thousand copies worldwide and been translated into six languages. The Quiet at the End of the World was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and STEAM Children’s Book Award. Her other novels include The Next Together series, the dyslexia-friendly novella series The Watchmaker and the Duke and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. She was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and many of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. She sold the rights to her first novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient. She has written articles for numerous publications, including the Guardian, Buzzfeed, Den of Geek, The Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2022. She has taught creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands.

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