Published - 24th Aug 2020


ISBN: 9798671128932

How To Buy A Planet - D.A. Holdsworth

'Entertaining and fast-moving' - Una McCormack, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

The Earth has been sold to aliens. What could possibly go wrong?

It’s the Year 2024: drowning in debt following the pandemic, and facing ruin, the leaders of the G7 have taken the only logical decision available.


They’ve sold the planet.


When Toby, a penniless student, finds out one morning on TV, he's surprised to find the Earth’s new owners are staggeringly cute and bring the promise of a glorious, debt-free future. He's just getting ready to celebrate along with the rest of the world, when a chance encounter with a mysterious professor reveals the truth. And there’s a glitch: the Earth is about to be destroyed.

With only 24 hours to avert the apocalypse, Toby’s two new flatmates - one paranoid, one gorgeous - drag him on an intergalactic adventure. Battling interplanetary bankers, who trade solar systems like real estate, and pursued by pitiless assassins, the gang find that a deadly virus becomes their only chance of salvation.

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How To Buy A Planet" is an entertaining and fast-moving science fiction adventure in the spirit of Douglas Adams from first-time novelist, D.A. Holdsworth. 


Hapless student Toby learns that the Earth has been sold, and the new owners, staggeringly cute and full of promises about a glorious future, are not all that they seem. In fact, Toby and his flatmates only have twenty-four hours to save the Earth. 


The novel is written with a sense of humour, fun, and wonder, but also with an underlying seriousness about the lies our leaders tell us. Like many first novels, the writing sometimes becomes distracted by its own ideas, but the whole is a promising ride.

Una McCormack, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

What a hoot.

This is hilarious. There's probably some deep meaningful things regarding finance and politics but. I was too busy laughing.
Well-rounded characters, brilliantly written, reminded me of a certain television programs (two words, first of two letters and second of three letters) in many places, can't say more without introducing spoilers.
Well done, can't wait for the next book. - Kindle Customer

Cracking Read

Really enjoyed this book, set just after the current pandemic with the world near bankrupt and sold to an alien race. Great witty and likable characters, the story is fast-paced. Can't wait for the sequel. - leecos80 (

Great story!

This book reads like a mash-up of "Hitchhiker's Guide" and a Simon Pegg movie, and it's excellent! Full of adventures and shenanigans; I couldn't put it down. The ride was like a roller-coaster going through a fun house. - Andrea Johnson (Goodreads)

About the Author

D.A.Holdsworth started his career in finance, serving a two-year apprenticeship in fund management during a turbulent period that took in the bursting of the tech bubble and 9-11. From there he switched industry and built a two-decade career in educational publishing, helping to create textbooks and online resources for maths and other subjects.

​For years he resisted the call to writing, until in 2016 he gave in to the inevitable and started work on 'How To Buy A Planet'. Drawing on his experience of the tech crash and then the credit crunch, 'How To Buy A Planet' is both a satire and an adventure, telling the story of three flatmates' quest to rescue the Earth after it's been sold to a consortium of financiers from - shall we say - a long, long way away.

D.A.Holdsworth lives in Oxfordshire with his wife and daughter, and is working on the next book in the series.

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