The Last Beginning

One of VOYA Magazine’s best SFF books for teens of 2018

A Diva Magazine Queer Summer Reading List title

Sixteen 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.

Word count: 76,000 Ages 12+

The Last Beginning is published by Walker Books in the UK and Australia, and Sky Pony Press in the USA. A special edition including the short story Another Together is available through Scholastic Book Clubs. You can read the prologue on Wattpad.

“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

“The story of Clove and Ella is full of twists and turns and the nature of the book itself, replete with time-travel and kick-ass action scenes, makes it such a strong contender to be adapted into a film.” – Bustle

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

“Peppered with love notes, diagrams, and photos of future events, which cleverly foreshadows some of the plot twists. Teens will relate to Clove’s struggles with identity and sexuality” – School Library Journal

“In this dynamic adventure James manoeuvres realistic, well-developed characters through many complicated problems while they race through difference decades. The Last Beginning is a fun read and a wild ride.” – Voya Magazine

Fancasting the characters – Clove, Ella; Meg, Jen; Matt, Kate, Tom

More extras:


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

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