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This Must be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell
  

This Must be the Place

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Award-winning novelist Maggie O’Farrell returns with her latest breathtaking novel. This Must Be The Place is a story about journeys, it’s about discovering who you are and where you’re meant to be. Daniel Sullivan is leaving on a journey, he is leaving his shotgun-toting, recluse of a wife and his two young children behind in Ireland as he flies to America to celebrate his estranged father’s birthday. Yet anyone can be easily thrown off course, especially when the past creeps in and misty, murky memories begin to haunt Daniel. After so many years it is now time to face his past but just what will it cost him? Will life ever be the same and will he ever be able to return home to Ireland?

I can’t remember exactly when I first discovered the writing of Maggie O’Farrell, I do however remember the book. The Hand That First Held Mine. It was by no means her first novel but for me it was the discovery of something very special. O’Farrell’s writing is exquisite. Her characters are brought to life through her wonderful prose and you can feel their living, breathing presence as you read. Her stories will haunt you and in some small, subtle way you’ll never be quite the same again.

Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2016.

Shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Fiction Award 2016.

Costa judges' comment: “An utterly involving read, both funny and heartbreaking – technically dazzling, but never losing its human touch.”

If you like Maggie O'Farrell you might also like to read books by Helen Dunmore, Barbara Trapido and Margaret Atwood.

Synopsis

This Must be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell

A reclusive ex-film star living in the wilds of Ireland, Claudette Wells is a woman whose first instinct, when a stranger approaches her home, is to reach for her shotgun. Why is she so fiercely protective of her family, and what made her walk out of her cinematic career when she had the whole world at her feet? Her husband Daniel, reeling from a discovery about a woman he last saw twenty years ago, is about to make an exit of his own. It is a journey that will send him off-course, far away from the life he and Claudette have made together. Will their love for one another be enough to bring Daniel back home?

Reviews

'A tour de force, a complex and nuanced story leaping effortlessly across multiple time frames... THIS MUST BE THE PLACE is that rare literary beast, both technically dazzling and deeply moving. It has all the structural and temporal playfulness of a Kate Atkinson novel while retaining the hallmark emotional insight for which O'Farrell has become renowned. It is her best novel to date, a book that surely confirms her as one of the UK's most assured, accomplished and inventive storytellers' Observer

'A symphony of stories and voices... absolutely gripping... A rare talent to enthral... It will leave you bereft and wanting more' Sunday Times

'Inventive, moving and hilarious. I loved it' -- Rachel Joyce

'Beautifully executed; a graceful, insightful exploration of a relationship in all its wonders and woes' Mail on Sunday

'Switching seamlessly between decades, destinations and voices, it's complex in scale, but is carried off with dazzling grace. A rich, engrossing feast of a novel to lose yourself in' Sunday Mirror

'A magnificent novel that is perceptive, profound and page-turning in equal measures. There are few things I look forward to like a Maggie O'Farrell novel and she never disappoints' -- Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love

About the Author

Maggie O'Farrell

Maggie O'Farrell is the author of seven novels, AFTER YOU'D GONE, MY LOVER'S LOVER, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, THE VANISHING ACT OF ESME LENNOX, THE HAND THAT FIRST HELD MINE, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award, INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Novel Award, and THIS MUST BE THE PLACE. She lives in Edinburgh.

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Book Info

Publication date

20th April 2017

Author

Maggie O'Farrell

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Publisher

Tinder Press an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
512 pages

Categories

Family Drama
All Shortlists and Winners
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780755358816

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