We Own the Sky: A Novel by Luke Allnutt

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Luke Allnutt is a writer and journalist, born in the United Kingdom. We Own the Sky is his debut novel and was released in 2018. Learn more about the author, his book, as well as ratings and reviews on the latter.

Luke Allnutt has lived and worked in Prague, Czech Republic, since 1998. The publication rights of his first book, We Own the Sky, have been sold in 30 countries around the world.

Luke works as an editor at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and have written for various publications about technology and Eastern European politics. He is married and has two young boys.

He is also the author of Unspoken, a Kindle Single about the death of his father.

Let’s discover now the story of his novel We Own the Sky, preceded by a few reviews.


“This heartbreaking story of a father’s love that defies all reason takes off on the first page and never touches down.” —Jacquelyn Mitchard

“Gut-wrenching, powerful, and yes, you want to buy copies for friends because this is the kind of book you’ll have to share.” —Caroline Leavitt

“Anyone who wishes David Nicholls would write faster needs to grab this with both hands.” —Jill Mansell

“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 unravel. 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.

“[T]ender and raw, spun in pragmatic prose as personal as a friend’s heartfelt admissions, with turns as unexpected as life itself.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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  1. Luke Allnutt’s debut novel kept me enthralled. I didn’t expect such a well written story! Relationship and love are central to the story. Tender and hard at the same time. A deeply moving book. I highly recommend it!

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