The Last Beginning

The Last Beginning by Lauren James_publishing October 2016Sixteen years ago, after a scandal that rocked the world, teenagers Katherine and Matthew vanished without a trace. Now Clove Sutcliffe is determined to find her long lost relatives…

But where do you start looking for a couple who seem to have been reincarnated at every key moment in history? Who were Kate and Matt? Why were they born again and again? And who is the mysterious Ella, who keeps appearing at every turn in Clove’s investigation?

For Clove, there is a mystery to solve in the past and a love to find in the future.

Ideal for teenagers, this epic novel is the follow-up to author James’ debut, The Next Together. This latest release follows themes of reincarnation and endurance through time travel and the enduring love of Clove and Ella.” – The Independent

A Diva Magazine Queer Summer Reading List title.

The perfect book for your loved one.” – W H Smith

The Last Beginning is published by Walker Books in the UK and Australia. It will be released in the US in March 2018 by Sky Pony Press. A special edition including the short story Another Together is available through Scholastic Book Clubs.

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Art by Alice Oseman, reblog here.

Translated editions:

Poslední začátek  (“The Last Start”) – Czech Republic (CooBoo)

Son Başlangıç (“Last Start”) – Turkey (Yabanci Yayinlari)

Forever Again – Wie oft du auch gehst (“How Often You Go”) – Germany (Loewe)

Coming soon:  Brasil (HarperCollins)


Similarities and Differences between The Last Beginning and The Next Together, in venn diagram format.


Art by Alice Oseman, reblog here.


A moodboard made by Arianne.


Another moodboard by Arianne!


Art by Sarah Barnard


The book in emoji format


Art by Alice Oseman, reblog here.


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Art by Alice Oseman, reblog here.


Art by Alice Oseman, reblog here.


Art by layahimalaya

tumblr_oiz0rfoaxv1sn3o9ao1_1280Moodboard made by simonlevvis



Art of Ella by Aisha Fran

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Cross stitch by readsewscarlett