Nothing But Blue Sky

Kathleen MacMahon

  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Published: 15/04/2021
  • ISBN: 9780241986653
  • Length: 320  Pages
  • Dimensions: 197mm x 19mm x 130mm
  • Weight: 221g
  • RRP: £8.99

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.

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‘Touching and enthralling’ Sunday Times

What a beautiful novel … Elegant, understated, subtly powerful, and rings so perfectly true’ Donal Ryan

‘Heart-rending … MacMahon’s words ring with the honesty of truth, offering genuine insight into the human condition’ Business Post

‘Skilfully written with a wonderful lightness of touch’ Irish Times

‘Gentle and triumphant, MacMahon offers us a novel seeped in beautiful prose and poignant tenderness’ Anne Griffin

‘A beautifully written and powerful tale’ Woman & Home

‘A tender dissection of a marriage’ Independent

‘A piece of perfection … the best book I’ve read all year’ Irish Examiner

‘Sure and subtle, MacMahon holds the reader in her spell. She is a born storyteller’ Mike McCormack

Nothing But Blue Sky is Kathleen MacMahon’s third novel. Her first, This is How it Ends, published in 2012, was translated into more than twenty languages, spent five weeks at the top of the bestseller lists in Ireland, and was a Richard and Judy Book Club choice in the UK. Her second novel, The Long, Hot Summer was published to much acclaim in 2015 and was also a bestseller in Ireland. Kathleen is a former radio and television journalist with Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTÉ, and she lives in Dublin with her family.