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Playlist for The Quiet at the End of the World

 

 

Not long now until the book comes out! There’s already been some AMAZING reviews:

“I’m still sobbing quietly over how beautiful and heart-wrenching this novel was. Seriously, this might be my favourite sci-fi book? Of all time? I JUST CAN’T EVEN BEGIN TO EXPRESS HOW MUCH I LOVED IT. Can I pluck all the stars from the night sky to give to this glorious bound paper creation?” – Written Word Worlds 

“I loved the science and the take on “what does it mean to be human?” – a beautifully complex question answered so well. There’s twists and turns, so much love, characters you’ll root for and so much intrigue.” – Steph A Little But A Lot 

“It’s sending shivers down my spine. It feels too real, too much like a warning of what’s to come.” – Sectumsemprah

“The world in this book is richly described and frighteningly believable. I love how Lauren’s books are realistic and grounded in science, at the same time as being completely unique and unpredictable. It’s refreshing to find a book with such a creative, surprising plot and I had no idea what was going to happen!”- YA under my skin

“The Quiet at the End of the World by @Lauren_E_James just had a massive plot twist about halfway through and I am shook. I don’t know how she always manages to create such wonderful plot twists and I cannot wait to keep reading.” –  The Reading Fangirl

I’ve been waiting with bated breath for reviews, so I am UTTERLY THRILLED right now. People like it!!

If you’d like to read it, there’s a giveaway on my twitter you can enter:

And here’s the prologue:

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Finally, I wanted to share the playlist! You can listen to it on Spotify here.

This is a fun, cheerful, happy book, for the most part. The music I listened to when writing reflects that. These songs summarise the tone and affection in this book.

Last Party//MIKA

MMMBop//Hanson

Something Just Like This//The Chainsmokers

House Party//Sam Hunt

The Whip//Locksley

Holes//Passengers

Classic//MKTO

What’s Up?//4 Non Blondes

Folding Chair//Regina Spektor

Dance Apocalyptic//Janelle Monae

Don’t Lie//Vampire Weekend

Control//Halsey

Girls Chase Boys//Ingrid Michaelson

Stop the World I want to get off//Arctic Monkeys

Remember Me//Coco soundtrack

Marry You//Bruno Mars

Let me know if you listen to this, or if you have any suggestions for other songs for the book!

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Research trips I took when writing The Quiet at the End of the World

Research trips! There’s nothing better than writing about somewhere, and then going to see it for real. It brings fiction to life in a completely original way.

Here are some of the places I made sure to visit when I was writing The Quiet at the End of the World. I’ve previously visited Carlisle Castle to write The Next Together, and St Andrews, the location of The Last Beginning, as well as Bletchley Park when I was writing a short story Another Together, which you can read about here, 

The tunnels below London

I  explored the old WWII bomb shelters which were built under the London Northern Line to protect 10,000 people from the blitz. It was absolutely fascinating and it really helped me when I was writing the scenes in the first chapter of the book, where Lowrie and Shen explore the abandoned tube lines of London, at a time when it’s been shut down for decades.

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Giants Causeway, Ireland

I was in Dublin for a convention when I snuck away on an adventure. I’ve always been obsessed by this natural phenomenon of geometric rocks in the sea. The Quiet at the End of the World is all about geology and archaeology and the layers of fossils left behind humanity in the earth, so this was extra inspiring and special.

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Buckingham Palace

Finally, I went to Buckingham Palace, somewhere I’d never been before. It was very different from what I’d imagined it from seeing it in films and TV shows. I had no idea that there was a huge lake by the palace – or that the garden was so big. It felt like it wasn’t in London at all, except for the sight of one single skyscraper poking up between the trees.

Lowrie’s parents live in a place in a huge manor in the middle of an abandoned central London, so this was really useful when picturing what their life might be like.

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The Quiet at the End of the World comes out on 7th March, and here are some handy links:

Preorder a signed copy on my Etsy (comes with a free themed bookmark and postcards of my books)

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

Tumblr tag | Join mailing list to be notified on release day | Read the first chapter on Wattpad

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Cover reveal – The Quiet at the End of the World

Drumroll please! I am very pleased to share the cover of The Quiet at the End of the World!

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Out March 2019, this is about the last boy and girl born after humanity stop being able to conceive. With GOLD FOIL 💃

This was designed by Lisa Horton: http://lisa-horton.squarespace.com

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 mud-larking for artefacts from history and looking for treasure in their once-opulent mansion. Their idyllic life is torn apart when a secret is uncovered that threatens not only their family but humanity’s entire existence. Lowrie and Shen face an impossible choice: in the quiet at the end of the world, they must decide who to save and who to sacrifice…

Some of my favourite things about this cover:

+ The mix of biological (the gold nervous system), mechanical (the cogs) and electronic (the fluorescent vertical code) elements

+ Lowrie & Shen holding hands and staring off into the distance like they’re contemplating the future

+ that quote!

+ the font which is now officially My Brand’s Font

+ The deep dark beautiful glowing blue

The Quiet at the End of the World will be published in the UK and Australia with Walker Books in March 2019.

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Illustrator @stoffberg has just started accepting commissions, and I couldn’t resist getting this lovely artwork done of Lowrie, Shen and their robot pal Mitch from The Quiet at the End of the World. I love Miles’ style, and he’s captured the mudlarking gang and the crumbling ruins of London so well. I’m thrilled.

IN OTHER NEWS:

I’ve started a fortnightly books & baking newsletter.

I wrote an article on LGBT+ fiction for the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2019, which published this week.

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The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is currently £3.89, if you’ve been waiting to snap it up.

From September I’m going to be running the Rugby Sparks Young Writers group for Writing West Midlands, so if you know anyone in years 5-9 in the area who loves to write, let them know.

I have designed some enamel pins which are up for preorder now.

The Loneliest Girl continues to orbit around America. Here are some nice new quotes:

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And here’s a snazzy Epic Reads title generator for it…

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I made this to celebrate the first ever LGBT STEM day, for my favourite grumpy gay computer programmer, Clove Sutcliffe:

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And that’s all, folks! Hope you’re having a good heatwave where you are . . . x