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Publisher Description

A top-ten bestseller, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE by Maggie O'Farrell crosses time zones and continents to reveal an extraordinary portrait of a marriage. 'A complex, riveting novel of love and hope that grips at the heart' The Sunday Times

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?

Fiction & Literature
17 May
Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

Customer Reviews

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Irish eyes

The protagonist created by this celebrated Irish author is a divorced American male academic with a history of substance abuse. He's roaming around the Emerald Isle in search of existential comfort after the death of a beloved grandfather. A chance encounter with a woman on a deserted country road leads to a second marriage and a new family. She is a reclusive ex-film star with considerable baggage of her own. As a result, we get a detailed portrait of a complex marriage as both partners confront demons from the past. Unsurprisingly, neither comes out smelling of roses and their offspring has issues too. The prose is first rate and the well-drawn characters, though far from sympathetic at times, command interest to the end, which is lucky because this otherwise excellent novel does drag a little in its later stages.

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