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Lauren James (author)

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Lauren James
Born (1992-08-17) 17 August 1992 (age 28)
GenreYoung adult

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Lauren James (born 17 August 1992) is a British author of young adult fiction novels. She secured her first publishing deal at the age of 21,[1] whilst studying Chemistry and Physics at the University of Nottingham.[2] Her first novel The Next Together was longlisted for the Branford Boase Award[3] and shortlisted for the Kernow Youth Awards.[citation needed] Her second novel The Last Beginning was featured as one of the best LGBT-inclusive works for kids and young adults.[4]


James' debut novel The Next Together was published in 2015 by Walker Books in the UK and Skyhorse Publishing in the USA. It follows the story of reincarnated lovers who meet again and again across time, with appearances at Siege of Carlisle (November 1745) during the Jacobite uprising of 1745, the Battle of Alma during the Crimean War and stretching into the future in 2019 and 2039.

It was described by the Guardian as "Beautifully and masterfully written",[5] Marie Claire as "Perfect for holidays",[6] the Sunday Express as "A tale of love and rebirth", The Bookseller as "Funny, romantic and compulsively readable", Kirkus Reviews as 'An ambitious, promising premise . . . James is one to watch',[7] Smallish Magazine as "Utterly gripping",[8] The Lancashire Post as "Funny, unique, filled with passion and danger, and utterly addictive"[9] and The Scottish Herald as "Smart and hugely creative".[10] It is a best-selling title in Kuwait.[11]

There are also two short stories,Another Together set at Bletchley Park during World War II, where the characters appear as codebreakers alongside Alan Turing, and Another Beginning, set at Carlisle Castle in 1745. A short story Snails. is also available, set at the University of Nottingham, where James studied.[12]

The sequel The Last Beginning followed in 2016, which focuses on the Time Travel backstory to the events of the first novel, told from the point of view of a lesbian teenage Computer Scientist. It features a central LGBT romance between two teenage girls, and was described by Independent as one of the best LGBT-inclusive works for kids and young adults, saying that it is "Ideal for teenagers. The Last Beginning is on the ball".[13] Diva Magazine named it one of their Queer Summer Reading List titles[14] and WHSmith described it as "the perfect book for your loved one".[15]

The Next Together duology has been translated into five languages, including German, Russian,[16] Turkish,[17] Czech,[18] and Brazilian Portuguese.[19]

In 2016 it was announced that Walker Books had bought two more novels from James,[20] beginning with The Loneliest Girl in the Universe.[21] On 28 August 2017, Publishers Weekly announced that "Emilia Rhodes at HarperCollins has bought, in a six-figure preempt, North American rights to a YA psychological thriller by Lauren James, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe."[22] The title was the best-selling book at YALC 2017, the UK's first Young Adult Literature Convention.[citation needed]

James has spoken often about being a passionate advocate of both STEM further education and diversity in fiction,[23] and all of her books feature scientists in prominent roles.


  1. "Lauren hoping 'reincarnation romance' will race up the book charts". Coventry Telegraph. 6 August 2015.
  2. "Alumna Lauren shares her story". University of Nottingham. 24 November 2017.
  3. "Branford Boase award longlist 2016 revealed". The Guardian. 3 February 2016.
  4. "6 best LGBT-inclusive books for kids and young adults" (https://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/arts-books/non-fiction-books/best-lgbt-books-for-young-adults-ya-kids-teens-a7478976.html). Independent. 16 December 2016.
  5. "The Next Together by Lauren James – review". The Guardian. 19 April 2016.
  6. "Marie Claire" (September 2015). Marie Claire.
  7. "THE NEXT TOGETHER by Lauren James". Kirkus Reviews. 29 March 2017.
  8. "September 2015 issue of Smallish magazine". Smallish Magazine. 1 October 2015.
  9. "Book review: Autumn shades of reading with Walker Books". The Lancashire Post. 13 October 2015.
  10. "Tripping the Light Fantastic". The Scottish Herald. 24 October 2015.
  11. "Most popular English books of 2016 in Kuwait". Kuwait Times. 22 December 2016.
  12. "Alumna Lauren shares her story". University of Nottingham. 24 November 2017.
  13. "6 best LGBT-inclusive books for kids and young adults" (https://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/arts-books/non-fiction-books/best-lgbt-books-for-young-adults-ya-kids-teens-a7478976.html). Independent. 16 December 2016.
  14. "Queer Summer Reading List". Diva Magazine (August). 1 August 2016.
  15. "Our Christmas Top Picks: YA and Teen Books". WHSmith. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  16. "Ripol". Ripol. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  17. "Yabanci". Yabanci Yayinlari. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  18. "Albatross". Albatross Media. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  19. "HarperCollins". HarperCollins. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  20. "Walker signs two more books from Lauren James". The Bookseller. 13 October 2017.
  21. "The Loneliest Girl in the Universe". Walker Books. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  22. Publishers Weekly https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/74681-rights-report-week-of-august-28-2017.html. Retrieved 17 September 2017. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. "The most important post I've ever written". Lauren James. Retrieved 31 March 2017.

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