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We Own The Sky by Luke Allnutt

We Own The Sky

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February 2018 MEGA Debut of the Month

This tender tale of tragic loss, deep love and profound desperation is contemporary fiction at its best - a monumentally memorable debut that is at once brutally heartbreaking, wholly honest, and rich in humanity.

Rob and Anna met as Cambridge undergraduates, he a working class boy with a magnificent generous-hearted taxi driver for a dad, while she was raised in a missionary household by her upright mother and serial-adulterer father. Rob and Anna’s love was instant and wondrous, and marriage came soon, followed by Jack, the loving, thoughtful son who makes everyday special. Life is sweet – alongside the daily magic that Jack brings into their lives, there are bikes rides on Hampstead Heath, idyllic family holidays – until Rob and Anna wonder whether their beautiful son might have something wrong with him.

Pulling no punches, leaving no truth unturned, no emotion unexplored, this remarkable exposition of love and the complex depths of the human heart is raw, authentic and, quite simply, sublime. ~ Joanne Owen

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Phylippa Smithson - A truly remarkable account of love and the fragility of life.  This is beyond a must read – if you are brave enough to cope with the emotional ordeal.
  • Julie Anne Bertschin - This is a powerful and beautifully written book, which will stay with you long after you turn the last page. 
  • Sheila Dale - I recommend this book wholeheartedly and hope for more from this author.
  • Celia Cohen - A book you won't be able to put down and one that will stay with you long after you have finished it.
  • Rebecca Whymark - An emotional rollercoaster but a heart-warming journey through love and loss.
  • Melanie Chadwick - Rob tells the story of his life. How he meets and falls in love with his wonderful wife Anna. How they suffered two miscarriages and then the joy of welcoming their son Luke into the world.
  • Edel Waugh - I read this in one sitting as I could not guess how it was going to end and I needed to know what was going to happen to these characters I had grown to love. Read this with a big box of tissues! Highly recommend.
  • Alison Bisping - A great debut novel - I look forward to more books by Luke.
  • Ruth Carson-Byrne - Excellent.

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We Own The Sky by Luke Allnutt

A story about love, loss and finding hope-against all odds.Rob Coates can't believe his luck. There is Anna, his incredible wife, and most precious of all, Jack, their son, who makes every day an extraordinary adventure. Rob feels like he's won the lottery of life. Or rather-he did. Until the day it all changes when Anna becomes convinced there is something wrong with Jack.

Now Rob sleepwalks through his days, unable to bridge the gulf that separates him from his wife, his son and the business of living. But he's determined to come to terms with what's happened-and find a way back to life, and forgiveness.

We Own the Sky will resonate with anyone who has ever suffered loss or experienced great love. Luke Allnutt shows that the journey from hope to despair and back is never as simple as we think, and that even the most thoroughly broken heart can learn to beat again.


Absolutely stunning. A fabulous book. Sheila O'Flanagan, author of What Happened That Happened That Night

We Own the Sky is a gripping, heart-squeezing story about how to carry on after losing what we love most. With grace, emotional keenness and a steady moral searchlight, Luke Allnutt guides the reader through the darkest despair and back to hope. A brave and intense novel. Val Emmich, author of The Remainders

A breathtaking read that describes perfectly the joy and pain that comes with loving fully and all the compassion and forgiveness it requires. Brimming with hope to the very end. Steven Rowley, bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus

This book brims over with empathy. Rob and Anna's crippling grief is utterly heartbreaking to read. It's at times a difficult read, but I finished it with tears running down my face. This is a book that will get under your skin and stay in your mind for a long time. Beautiful and irresistible. Clare Swatman, author of Before You Go

Utterly beautiful, heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting. Rachael Lucas, author of The State of Grace

Deeply affecting. A beautiful, remarkable book. Lucy Diamond, author of The Secrets of Happiness

We Own the Sky is a life-affirming yet heart-breaking wonder of a book about love in all its forms. Parental love, with the doubts, fears and joy that it brings and also the headrush of falling in love followed by the tough reality of trying to keep alive the magic once real life rears its head. The writing throughout is fluent and lyrical, full of humour and heart. It is one of the most raw and honest novels I've read in a long time - and yet Allnutt constantly finds the joy amidst the heartbreak - the chinks of light in the darkness. Katie Marsh

What an incredible book this is - such gut-wrenching honesty and depth of emotion. Anyone who wishes David Nicholls would write faster needs to grab this with both hands. It's a truly stunning achievement. Jill Mansell

We Own the Sky is a heartbreak of a novel filled with love, sorrow, pain, and--ultimately--hope. The characters are drawn so tenderly, with such beautiful detail, that it's impossible not to feel the emotions that pulse through the pages. Powerful, touching, and poignant, this family's love story had me in tears. Jill Santopolo, bestselling author of The Light We Lost

Beautifully rendered and profoundly moving, We Own the Sky illustrates the lengths we'll go to for those we love. Luke Allnutt is a major new talent in fiction and his debut is not to be missed. Camille Pagan, bestselling author of Life and Other Near-Death Experiences

Both movingly tender and unflinchingly honest - We Own the Sky is story that will stay with me. Isabel Ashdown

Heartbreaking and devastating and complicated, We Own the Sky offers something remarkable: light in the darkest dark and redemption where there ought to be none. * Laurie Frankel

This book will break your heart, but repair it too. Luke Allnutt's writing is full of compassion. It made me hold my loved ones a little bit closer.' Katie May

Allnutt provides a visceral, heartbreaking portrait of a father facing the loss of his 'beautiful boy. Not the macho loss of football scarves and shared pints, but the inconceivable evaporation of memories, of smells and the warmth of physical contact with our children that can be all too fleeting. Jem Lester

About the Author

Luke Allnutt grew up in Surrey and has lived and worked in Prague as a journalist since 1998, writing mostly about technology and Eastern European politics. In 2013, he wrote about his father's death from a brain tumour in UNSPOKEN, a Kindle Single for Amazon. A keen runner, he is married and has two young boys.

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Book Info

Publication date

8th February 2018


Luke Allnutt

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Trapeze an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


368 pages


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