The Next Together

Longlisted for the 2016 Branford Boase Award


How many times can you lose the person you love?

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?  Maybe the next together will be different…

A powerful and epic debut novel for teenagers about time-travel, fate and  the timelessness of first love. The Next Together is told through a mixture of regular prose, diary entries, letters, “original” historical documents, news reports and internet articles. 

Perfect for holidays” – Marie Claire

An author to watch” – Kirkus Reviews

Fans of Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger and Heidi Heilig’s The Girl from Everywhere will enjoy this romance through time and history. This science fiction take on European history will excite any historical fiction reader.” – School Library Journal

The Next Together is published by Walker Books in the UK and Australia and Sky Pony Press in the USA. You can read the first chapter here and buy it from the following places:

Amazon UK | Waterstones | Amazon US | Book Depository| Barnes & NobleWordery | Foyles | Kobo | iBooks | WHSmith | eBook providers

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You can read a short story Snails about Kate and Matt here.

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Translated editions:

První konec (“The First End”) – Czech Republic (CooBoo)

Em Nossa Proxima Vida (“In Our Next Life”) – Brasil (HarperCollins)

Bir Sonraki Hayatımız (“Our Next Life”) –  Turkey (Yabanci Yayinlari)

Любовь И Другие Катастрофы (“Love and Other Catastrophes”) – Russia (Ripol)

Forever Again: Für alle Augenblicke wir (“For all our moments”) – Germany (Loewe) | Audiobook

My blog posts about The Next Together are all collected here. Here are some links to get you started:






Fanart by the wonderful Alice Oseman


Art by Dani screenshot_2016-09-13-00-45-34

The book in emoji format


Moodboard by simonlevvis


Art by the art traveller

Doodles by Alice Oseman


Moodboard by Arianne


Moodboard by frenchexite

Moodboards made by me (age 17)

Moodboards made by me (age 21)


The fashion in each time period


Initial cover sketches by Jack Noel



2019 Kate and Matt & 1854 Katy by Sarah

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