Author(s): Luke Allnutt
When all is lost, there is always love
Rob Coates feels like he's won the lottery of life. There is Anna, his incredible wife, their London town house and, most precious of all, Jack, their son, who makes every day an extraordinary adventure. But when a devastating illness befalls his family, Rob's world unravels. Just when it seems that all hope is lost, Rob embarks on a transformative journey to find his way back to life, and forgiveness.
We Own the Sky is a tender, heart-twisting, but ultimately life-affirming novel that will resonate deeply with anyone who has suffered loss or experienced great love. With stunning eloquence and acumen, Luke Allnutt has penned a soaring debut and a true testament to the power of love, showing how even the most thoroughly broken heart can learn to beat again.
The next big commercial fiction sensation.
Absolutely stunning. A fabulous book. * Sheila O'Flanagan, author of WHAT 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, author of MY EVERYTHING * 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, author of LITTLE SISTER * 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, bestselling author of THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS * 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, author of THE WHITSTABLE HIGH TIDE SWIMMING CLUB * 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, author of SHTUM *
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.