The Quiet at the End of the World is out now!

I have had the BEST publication week! I’ve spent the week visiting schools and talking to students about my books, and I had a launch at Waterstones Piccadilly:


It was so, so much fun, and I can’t think of a better way to bring this book into the world. You can watch 27 minutes of the panel here.

SFX magazine reviewed the book and gave it five stars! They said “A controlled yet elegantly light touch makes The Quiet at the End of the World a credible, hugely rewarding read.”


Some things I’ve written about the book:


Moodboard by fantasticbooksawtft

I’ve also written an article for Den of Geek:

The best (and worst) on-screen female scientists
As a science student, it’s always been rare for me to find fictional scientists who feel realistic. Most of the time the scientists I see in films are wildly absurd – geniuses in not just their field but in everything, who know how to hack any server, recreate any molecule, identify any liquid and calculate the angle of impact of any bomb.

If people grow up only ever seeing scientists as being impossibly, unbelievably clever, then they are going to be discouraged from ever studying science themselves. This is especially true for women: who wants to become a scientist when your on-screen counterparts are constantly harassed, seen as bossy or lacking social skills, and are either comically unattractive or so sexy that it makes it unsafe to be in a laboratory environment? (I’m looking at you, mini-skirt lab coats and high heels.)

Frankly, this isn’t great. In a time when women still only make up 23% of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) workforce, there need to be better role models for the aspiring girls in the audience.

Read more at Den of Geek

There are a few places you can win a copy of the book – on Lucy Powrie’s twitter, on Melinda Salisbury’s, and by entering #TheQuietBookChallenge on instagram (which gets you a subscription to Illumicrate and more).

If you get it, I hope you like it! I am very nervous!

Lauren x

How far would you go to save those you love?

Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on the planet after a virus caused global infertility. Closeted in a pocket of London and doted upon by a small, ageing community, the pair spend their days mudlarking and looking for treasure – until a secret is uncovered that threatens their entire existence.

In the quiet at the end of the world, Lowrie and Shen must decide what they are willing to sacrifice to save the whole human race…

Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones | Foyles | Wordery | eBook providers | Signed copies from Forbidden Planet

 Tumblr tag | Read the first chapter on Wattpad | Buy a signed copy on my Etsy (comes with a free themed bookmark and postcard of my books)

If you want to meet me, here are a few events I’m going to be appearing at:

Monthly: Sparks Young Writers classes, Rugby, Years 5-9 – book here – Upcoming dates: April 6, 2019, May 11, 2019, June 15, 2019, July 6, 2019 

Monthly: WritersHQ writing retreats at Holy Trinity Church, Coventry, – details here – Upcoming dates: 23rd March, 27th April, 25th May, 22nd June, 27th July

30th March: Kids Book Fest at Delapre Abbey, Northampton – Panel with Celia Rees, 3.30pm – details here

7th April: In conversation with Alice Oseman at Foyles Birmingham – details here

8th June:  CYMERA: Scotland’s festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Writing, The Pleasance, 60 Pleasance – panel with Tom Pollock, 10.30am – Details here

26- 28th July – YALC – Details here

Aug 15th-19th: Worldcon 2019, Dublin – Details here


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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