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We Own the Sky

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,150 ratings  ·  411 reviews
“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.”

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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Park Row
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Angela M
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it

A sick child, parents desperate to find help, to do anything to cure their child. The story begins with Rob Coates in a low place, depressed, drinking and grieving alone. The story of a family dealing with a crisis is told from Rob’s point of view. Rob and Anna love their five year old son Jack and each other, but as it sometimes happens, relationships are affected as people struggle to deal with sadness and loss. Decisions are made and rifts occur. It’s an emotional read, about difficult circum
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
The unraveling of a family when a child takes ill. What one parent will do to try to beat the odds. The sacrifices monumental.
This is a story of love, loss and of forgiveness. The stripping of one's character to the most primitive of emotions. The rawness of grief. The flaws in character that are magnified during a dark and desperate moment. And the healing that comes with acceptance.
I found this to be beautifully written but still something amiss for that emotional connection that would have m
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 stars to We Own the Sky, a tribute to the love between fathers and sons! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Luke Allnutt had me hooked from his opening where he spoke personally of his own serious illness. He began writing this novel to help him cope while receiving chemotherapy. Allnutt spoke so sensitively about his wife and children that I knew this book was going to grab hold of my heart.

And that it did.

Rob Coates is married to Anna, and their son, Jack, receives a dire diagnosis. Rob is desperate to find a cure f
Lindsay - Traveling Sister
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars. A very touching story about family, hope, love and loss.

Rob and Anna Coates are happily married with a young son named Jack. Tragedy strikes their lives when a devastating illness is diagnosed. This novel follows Rob through the aftermath of this diagnosis. It is an honest, emotional, raw and sincere look into the face of family tragedy and grief.

The author, Luke Allnutt, writes from the heart. His own personal battle with cancer sparked the idea of writing this heartfelt story. There
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
We Own the Sky is a beautifully written novel about love, loss, and family.

Luke Alnutt delivers a very raw and emotional read about a family Anna and Rob struggling with their son Jack's brain tumor.

Interesting fact about myself... during graduate school I did bereavement counseling and that was a very eye opening experience. One thing that I learned you can't judge someone based on how they grieve or don't grieve with loss. Relationships and people are affected differently as they try and cope
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

Oh those Facebook mothers. The way they talked, as if they had invented motherhood, as if they had invented the womb, telling themselves they were different from their own mothers because they ate quinoa and had cornrows in their hair and ran a Pinterest board on craft ideas for the recalcitrant under-fives.

Her eyes are like lizard tongues, darting toward me when she thinks I’m not looking.

There was a strange musty smell in Anna’s parents’ house: it reminded me of Werther’s Butte
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
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How does one go on after the loss of a child? How do you want to take another breathe, walk another step, live another day knowing that the child you so loved and cherished is gone?

Rob and Anna met at Cambridge, they fall in love and marry and after a time two becomes three as they welcome their beautiful son, Jack into the world. They are so enamored with Jack for it was very hard for Anna to conceive. Jack loves special thin
Tracy Fenton
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you start a book and within the first few paragraphs you just connect. Maybe it's the writing, the situation or the characters, but occasionally these books get under your skin and hook you until the final page.

For me personally, this was one of those books. As a parent it is never easy to read about a young child becoming ill, or follow the parents anguish and hope and desperation to save their son, but this story deals with the subject with compassion and a real sense of believabilit
Joanne Robertson
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Make sure you read the introduction to this as it gives you an in-depth understanding of why Luke Allnutt wrote this book. I found it very emotional and was in need of tissues before I had actually even read the first chapter! And you better make sure you keep those tissues handy as you are going to need them!

This is a wonderful book, beautifully written and with an unexpected calmness as the storyline develops. There is no screaming and shouting as Rob and Anna come to terms with what is happen
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Good well written debut novel. I was hesitant at first to read this novel on such a sad, sad issue. What a great reminder that tomorrow’s not promised. 3.5 stars!
Maria Nane
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stau de câteva minute cu telefonul în mână încercând să scriu ceva despre această carte si parca orice imi vine in minte mi se pare prea puțin. Nici nu stiu cu ce sa incep. Nici nu stiu ce sa spun, astfel încât să exprim exact sentimentele pe care le am in aceasta clipa. Uf! Ce greu este!
Cartea asta... este... sfâșietoare! Sa nu va mire cuvântul ales, pt ca pur si simplu asa am simtit-o. Am plâns citind, cat nu cred ca am mai plâns la vreo carte (si sunt plangacioasa cand vine vorba de povești
Sandra Deaconu
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 steluțe. Al nostru este cerul este o poveste cel puțin sfâșietoare, care sigur o să vă marcheze și o să rămână cu voi. Repet avertismentul: este foarte greu de parcurs și nu știu dacă o poate citi cineva fără pauze. Păcat că nu putem proceda la fel și cu viața, când este grea! Este o poveste cu un mare impact emoțional despre lupta incredibilă a sufletului de a se regenera, de a găsi puterea să meargă mai departe și să vadă frumusețea lumii ascunsă sub gunoaiele aruncate de soartă. Cartea as ...more
Loredana (Bookinista08)
Superbă și devastatoare carte! Nu cred că am mai întâlnit o asemenea sensibilitate la un scriitor... Scriitura nu are nimic bombastic, dar este plină de sentiment și de trăire. Povestea e răvășitoare. Personajele sunt bine conturate și desprinse parcă din realitate. Ce mai, mi-a plăcut foarte mult! O carte tristă, dar scrisă pe un ton matur și înțelept. Are o luminiță la capătul tunelului, așa că nu totul e negru.
Dale Harcombe
Three and a half stars.
Life can change in an instant as Rob, Anna and their young son Jack discover. Change ultimately brings choices and differing views about the way forward. What do you do when you have been given the worst news possible about your son? Do you look for answers in even the most unlikely places? Or accept the inevitable? But is it inevitable? These are the decisions Rob and Anna face and their choices affect so much more than just the situation with Jack. Yes, I’m trying to be
Joy D
Decently written contemporary fiction about a family dealing with illness, suffering, and grief. It is set in England in the 2000’s. I can’t say too much about the plot without spoilers. Several of the descriptive passages, especially of the photographic settings, were quite eloquent. I also found it engrossing in places. The author does a good job of showing the impact of grave illness on a family.

In my opinion, the book summary, which I assume is provided by the publisher, is misleading. It s
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-challenge
This book ... It should come with a health warning. Do not read if suffering from heavy cold as elicited emotional response may lead to loss of ability to breathe. I kid you not. There were times when reading this book that I cried so much I almost suffocated as I was suffering from the lovely seasonal flu bug at the time. Oh and do not read this in public unless you are planning of getting a lot of strange looks because if you can read this without being moved to tears, then you are quite possi ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I am actually a little sad to be writing that I didn't enjoy this book as much as I wanted. I really wanted to "love" this book. The Coates...Rob, Anna, and Jack were good. They were a loving family. You could tell what they were experiencing was affecting them as a family. Yet, through this all, I still felt like a stranger standing at the window trying to look in. For me, I craved the emotional heartfelt connection that I personally did not experience while reading this book. I kept reading ho ...more
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kiedy diagnoza burzy dotąd uporządkowany świat i sprowadza mnóstwo smutku, a ostatecznie żałobę, liczy się każda chwila.

Powieść Luke'a Allnutta porusza ważne obecnie tematy. Jasne, jak sam opis wskazuje, opowiada o chorobie dziecka i podejmowanej przez rodziców walce, by zmierzyć się z nieszczęściem, ale dotyczy też czegoś więcej: załamania psychicznego, problemów w życiu małżeństwa, poczucia bezsilności, które pcha do sięgania po każde możliwe metody leczenia, lub choćby dające na to cień szans
Nina Draganova
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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2.30 е . Седя и не мога да спра сълзите си.
Независимо , че е написана равно и методично, тази книга бръкна до най-недостъпните места на моето сърце.
Ужасяващо тъжна.
И в същото време изпълнена с любов.
Такава , каквато не знам дали съм виждала и дали съществува.
Много силна и истинска книга.
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an emotionally driven book ! Told from the fathers viewpoint , this is a book of love and loss . To what ends would we go to to save our children ? A sometimes difficult read but also a compelling and intellectual one I found it hard to put down . 5 stars with my thanks to tbc for my chance to read
Ashleys Bücherkabinett
Wow, dieses Buch hat es in sich. Die Thematik sagt ja schon alles. Es ist sooo traurig, aber auch hoffnungsvoll. Es zieht einen runter, macht aber auch Mut. Es ist einfach so schwer Worte hierfür zu finden! Ich bin mit etwas falschen Erwartungen über den Inhalt an das Buch gegangen. Eigentlich dachte ich, es würde primär um die Begleitung des Sohnes bis zu seinem Tod gehen, um das "Erinnerungenschaffen", dem Kind noch ein möglichst schönes Restleben zu ermöglichen. Doch hier geht es um so viel m ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Al nostru este cerul este o pledoarie închinată iubirii, dar și suferinței. Este o scrisoare de dragoste tristă, dar și frumoasă, deoarece te poartă prin toate stările posibile, și chiar dacă ești doar un cititor neputincios, fără posibilitatea de a schimba cursul poveștii, chiar dacă simți că în fața ta drumul conduce spre durere, deznădeje, boală și suferință, ai totuși speranța că în final, după ce toate lucrurile au fost spuse și nu mai poți controla ce tocmai s-a întâmplat, chiar și atunci, ...more
Maria Roxana
”Pentru că asta e iubirea. Să te simți trist că nu ai făcut parte din trecutul unei persoane.”

”Pentru că, uneori, să îți spui povestea este singurul fel în care poți rămâne în viață.”

”Cimitirele par a fi locuri în care domnește mereu iarna; chiar și vara e întunecat acolo, copacii opresc lumina să treacă..”
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although Allnutt's story of a father struggling with his son's cancer diagnosis is incredibly heartbreaking, it's beautifully written too. The beginning felt a little slow since you have to get introduced to how the parents of the boy meet, but once the story got going, I was hooked. There was a good dose of suspense too - even though you know the boy's fate, there are other circumstances that had me turning the pages to find out what would happen. I also loved the England setting. Allnutt defin ...more
Miriam Smith
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: twitter
"We Own The Sky" by Luke Allnutt is an emotional heart wrenching read that I couldn't put down.

5 stars
Monica Mac
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness, what a book!

Rob is a lucky guy - he has a job he loves, he has a beautiful wife and a wonderful little boy. Then everything changes for him, and his whole world spins out of control.

This is an incredible read; heartbreaking, poignant and complex but the end result is that it is all about relationships, love and hope. And there are a lot of all three in this book. Considering this is a debut, the author has done an amazing job with a very difficult topic indeed.

I loved this book
Michaela Evanow
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well. It’s hard to find words for how deeply this book impacted me. It’s probably the first book I’ve read since my daughter died that could have been a trigger for me. But it wasn’t. It was so REAL and beautiful and not scary. It was honest and tender and made me feel alive. I felt myself silently crying as my eyes lapped up the words and took them to heart. It helped me heal. It spoke to a tucked away wound in my soul and brought circulation and healing to it.
If I could say one thing about thi
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to read - really 1 day

Pages - 368

Publisher - Trapeze

Source - ARC

Blurb from Goodreads

A story about love, loss and finding hope-against all odds.

Rob Coates can't believe his luck. There is Anna, his incredible wife, 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 wrong with Jack.

Now Rob sleepwalks through
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rob levde ett lyckligt liv, han var gift med fantastiska Anna, pappa till sonen Jack och de bodde i ett eget hus i London. Allt ändras när Jack börjar ramla allt oftare. En läkare bekräftar varje förälders värsta mardröm, Jack har en hjärntumör.
Efter att ha läst väldigt skiftande recensioner på boken, både hyllning och totalsågning, var jag väldigt nyfiken på att läsa boken och se vad jag själv skulle tycka om den. Jag tillhör skaran som hyllar boken, jag gillade den mycket. Det är en sorglig h
Kasa Cotugno
Luke Allnutt's own diagnosis inspired him to write this truly wrenching novel about a family facing the impossible. His writing, fluid and poetic, brings Rob, Anna and most importantly, Jack to life so that the challenges they face and the choices that are made are all the more evocative. I usually don't choose books covering this subject, but picked it based on the author backstory, and that is what gave an extra layer of meaning to a story that resonated more than those created out of imaginat ...more
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Luke Allnutt grew up in Surrey and has lived and worked in Prague as a journalist since 1998, writing mostly about technology and Eastern European politics.

In 2013, he wrote about his father's death from a brain tumor in UNSPOKEN, a Kindle Single for Amazon. A keen runner, he is married and has two young boys.
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