We Own The Sky


We Own The Sky

Rob Coates can’t believe his luck. 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. Rob feels like he’s won the lottery of life.

Or rather–he did. Until the day it all changes when Anna becomes convinced there is something ailing Jack. After a series of doctor visits, the Coates family’s world becomes an abyss of uncertainty and confusing choices. For Rob, it’s not long before everything that matters to him is ripped away.


Now Rob sleepwalks through his days in a boozy tailspin of guilt, self-pity and crippling grief, unable to bridge the gulf that separates him from his wife, his son and the business of living. But he’s determined to come to terms with what’s happened–and find a way back to life, and forgiveness.


We Own the Sky is a wise, tender and illuminating debut novel that will resonate deeply with anyone who has ever suffered loss or experienced great love. With stunning eloquence and acumen, Luke Allnutt shows that the journey from hope to despair and back is never as simple as we think, and that 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. »


« 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, Lit agent & director at Caskie Mushens

“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. »


“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

“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

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