We Own The Sky

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“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

“We looked down at the cliff jutting into the sea, a rubber boat full of kids going under the arch, and then you started running and jumping through the grass, dodging the rabbit holes, shouting at the top of your voice, so I started chasing you, trying to catch you, and we were laughing so hard as we ran and ran, kicking up rainbow showers in the leaves.”


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 begins to collapse. Suddenly finding himself alone, Rob seeks solace in photographing the skyscrapers and clifftops he and his son Jack used to visit. And just when it seems that all hope is lost, Rob embarks on the most unforgettable of journeys to find his way back to life, and forgiveness.


We Own the Sky is a tender, heartrending, 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.


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“Luke Allnutt is the next big commercial fiction sensation. We Own the Sky is a soaring debut, beautifully written and with an emotional pull that will connect with all readers. We Own the Sky shows us that the relationships we form and the love we feel for others gives our lives meaning, and that every life matters. Books that evoke such a strong physical response don’t come around very often and I feel unbelievably lucky to be publishing this book.”

Sam Eades, Editor at TRAPEZEBOOKS

“When I read We Own the Sky I knew immediately how special it was – it’s page turning, heartbreaking and ultimately life-affirming. I cannot wait for readers to meet Anna, Rob and Jack.”

Juliet Mushens, Literary agent and director at Caskie Mushens

“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 Pagán, bestselling author of LIFE AND OTHER NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES

“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.”

Bestselling author, Jill Mansell

“With literary chops and dramatic intensity, this heartbreaking story of a father’s love that defies all reason takes off on the first page and never touches down.”

Jacquelyn Mitchard, bestselling author THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN AND TWO IF BY SEA

“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

“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.”


“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

“Both movingly tender and unflinchingly honest – We Own the Sky is story that will stay with me.”

Isabel Ashdown, author of LITTLE SISTER

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

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 THIS BEAUTIFUL LIFE

“Deeply affecting. A beautiful, remarkable book.”

Lucy Diamond, author of THE SECRETS OF HAPPINESS

“Utterly beautiful, heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting”

Rachael Lucas, author of THE STATE OF GRACE

“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

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

We Own the Sky mirrors real life and the heavens above us: It is beautiful, breathtaking and—all too often—inexplicably dark. Luke Allnutt has written a haunting, heartbreaking and human novel about having the world in your hands, losing it all, and trying to recapture a semblance of life and hope one sunrise and one starry night at a time”

Viola Shipman, internationally bestselling author of THE CHARM BRACELET AND THE RECIPE BOX 

We Own the Sky strikes every emotional chord. I was pulled in at the very first scene and held captive until the final page. A gorgeously written, heart-wrenching novel that beautifully illustrates the vulnerability of the human heart, and the depth one will go to save those they love. Allnutt is a masterful storyteller, deftly weaving past and present, desperation and hope, bitterness and redemption, resulting in a book so gripping, so painfully honest, I was certain it was based on a true story. Thought-provoking, original, and highly readable, We Own the Sky is a perfect book club selection.”

Lori Nelson Spielman, internationally bestselling author of THE LIFE LIST and SWEET FORGIVENESS