Published - 24-Aug-'20


ISBN: 9798671128932

How To Buy A Planet - D.A. Holdsworth

SHORTLISTED for The Selfies Fiction Award 2021

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

'Echoes of Douglas Adams... Lots of fun' - Tim Harford, The Undercover Economist 

'What a timely read... Totally mesmerising' - Oxford Daily Information review 

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.


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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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.