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 The Next Together is told through a mixture of regular prose, diary entries, letters, “original” historical documents, news reports and internet articles. 

Word count: 79,000 Ages 12+

A STEMinist romance set in a science laboratory, for fans of The Love Hypothesis

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 and a collection of short stories and deleted scenes here.

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 fancastings of Kate and Matt; Tom and Anise

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

The book in emoji format
Art by ibuzoo

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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