This Must Be the Place

Maggie O'Farrell

Meet Daniel Sullivan, a man with a complicated life.

A New Yorker living in the wilds of Ireland, he has children he never sees in California, a father he loathes in Brooklyn and a wife, Claudette, who is a reclusive ex-film star given to shooting at anyone who ventures up their driveway.

He is also about to find out something about a woman he lost touch with twenty years ago, and this discovery will send him off-course, far away from wife and home. Will his love for Claudette be enough to bring him back?

This crosses continents and time zones, giving voice to a diverse and complex cast of characters. At its heart, it is an extraordinary portrait of a marriage, the forces that hold it together and the pressures that drive it apart.

Sound like your type of story? Click here to read an extract or watch the video below to watch Maggie introduce the book.

Don't just take our word for it. Here's what the reviewers think:

‘A tour de force, a complex and nuanced story leaping effortlessly across multiple time frames… This Must Be the Place is that rare literary beast, both technically dazzling and deeply moving. It has all the structural and temporal playfulness of a Kate Atkinson novel while retaining the hallmark emotional insight for which O’Farrell has become renowned. It is her best novel to date, a book that surely confirms her as one of the UK’s most assured, accomplished and inventive storytellers.’ - Observer

‘There is tragedy in the novel, but also sharp comedy, and O’Farrell, skilful as ever, plays with the novel form… In this rewarding and humane novel, O’Farrell brings alive the destructive effects of petty betrayals that affect everyone every day.’ Sunday Express

‘Switching seamlessly between decades, destinations and voices, it’s complex in scale, but is carried off with dazzling grace. A rich, engrossing feast of a novel to lose yourself in.’ Sunday Mirror