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Nothing But Blue Sky by Kathleen MacMahon
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Length 10 hours 28 minutes
Language English
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Is there such a thing as a perfect marriage?


David thought so. But when his wife Mary Rose dies suddenly he has to think again. In reliving their twenty years together David sees that the ground beneath them had shifted and he simply hadn't noticed. Or had chosen not to.

Figuring out who Mary Rose really was and the secrets that she kept - some of these hidden in plain sight - makes David wonder if he really knew her. Did he even know himself?

Nothing But Blue Sky is a precise and tender story of love in marriage - a gripping examination of what binds couples together and of what keeps them apart.

ยฉ Kathleen MacMahon 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

The Home Scar is Kathleen MacMahon's fourth novel. Her debut, This is How it Ends, spent five weeks at the top of the bestseller lists in Ireland, and was a Richard and Judy Book Club choice in the UK. It was followed by The Long, Hot Summer, also a bestseller in Ireland, and Nothing But Blue Sky, which was nominated for the Women's Prize for Fiction in 2021. Kathleen is a former radio and television journalist with Ireland's national broadcaster, RTร‰, and she lives in Dublin with her family.

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Reviews

A poignant, gentle and astutely observed novel about marriage and the evolution of love A piece of perfection - a subtle, thought-provoking investigation of a marriage. It rings true. It's the best book I've read all year What a beautiful novel ... elegant, understated, subtly powerful, and rings so perfectly true ... Beautiful, poignant moments, drawn with such quiet power. And that quiet power is alive and at work on every page Beautiful and moving Insightful and deeply moving, this is a story of one man's grief that somehow manages to hold onto its sense of humour. I loved this book Skilfully written with a wonderful lightness of touch ... An acutely observed portrait of a relationship ... filled with astute observations of human behaviour Kathleen MacMahon's prose could not appear more effortless or beautiful Heart-rending ... a tender and beautiful [love story] ... MacMahon's words ring with the honesty of truth, offering genuine insight into the human condition A tender dissection of marriage This elegant, tender novel is an absolute pleasure A beautifully written and powerful tale Gentle and triumphant, MacMahon offers us a novel steeped in beautiful prose and poignant tenderness The most beautiful prose I have read in years ... Not only my favourite novel of the year, but possibly of the decade I've been recommending Nothing But Blue Sky to anyone who'll listen ... It's about grief and eulogising and getting into the "habit of happiness" and I just loved it Beautiful ... A gentle but deeply affecting read, and the perfect reminder of how sadness and hope can sometimes live side by side Sure and subtle, MacMahon holds the reader in her spell. She is a born storyteller Kathleen MacMahon has written an absorbing, grave, and emotionally resonant study of a marriage, of a life, of masculinity and of grief. A marvellous achievement Kathleen MacMahon sensitively explores the complexities of the human heart and reveals how even in the depths of grief, unexpected light can emerge from the darkness Full of humour and brims with the warmth of family, friendship and the possibility of second chances An elegantly written and moving account of one man coming to terms with the sudden death of his wife Excellent (and darkly funny) ... A sensitive, nuanced, and ultimately hopeful exploration of grief Touching and enthralling Stunning A tender portrait of a marriage and how we are formed by our closest relationships Heart-wrenching ... Almost a parable, it's a cautionary tale for those failing to appreciate just how short life can be It's rare to read an account of a happy normal marriage and she does it brilliantly Kathleen MacMahon writes with a confidence and ease and with an unerring sense of timing Expand reviews
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