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This Must Be the Place: Costa Award Shortlisted 2016 Paperback – 20 Apr 2017

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Tinder Press (20 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755358813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755358816
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

A symphony of stories and voices... absolutely gripping... A rare talent to enthral... It will leave you bereft and wanting more (Sunday Times)

Inventive, moving and hilarious. I loved it (Rachel Joyce)

Beautifully executed; a graceful, insightful exploration of a relationship in all its wonders and woes (Mail on Sunday)

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)

A magnificent novel that is perceptive, profound and page-turning in equal measures. There are few things I look forward to like a Maggie O'Farrell novel and she never disappoints (Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love)

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)

For all that it whizzed about across times zones and continents, it is seamless and each character is fantastic at the next (Metro)

A new Maggie O'Farrell book is always a cause for celebration, but her seventh is so brilliant that you'll want to unfurl flags and put up bunting in her honour... Wonderfully written and absolutely addictive (Psychologies Magazine)

I haven't read a Maggie O'Farrell novel I didn't love and This Must Be The Place might be her finest work yet... A beautiful, ambitious triumph (Red Magazine)

Some books are for lingering over. Every sentence Maggie O'Farrell writes is so perfectly formed that you want to wallow in it. As a writer, she's perceptive, warm and particularly good at the nuances of family relationships. In This Must Be The Place, she casts her sharp but humane eye on a marriage in trouble (Good Housekeeping)

Maggie O'Farrell's new novel is beautiful... [an] epic endeavour to build a portrait of a relationship in its whole, contrary and complex plurality... the reader is won over, and rapt (i Newspaper)

She has, throughout her career, shown a willingness to experiment with form that many commercially successful writers wouldn't dare to do, as well as a willingness to explore difficult subject matter... epic and intimate (Herald)

The result is dazzling, her most accomplished book yet (The National)

Her best so far... epic but intimate too (Glamour)

Exquisite... exceptionally accomplished and emotionally sophisticated'... 'O'Farrell is tremendously sure-footed at wrong-footing the reader (Scotsman)

A complex, riveting novel of love and hope that grips at the heart... It will leave you bereft and wanting more (Sunday Times)

One of the most enjoyable and satisfying books of the year (Daily Express)

Deftly blurring the lines between holiday read and literary fiction, it's bound for the bestseller lists (Stylist)

No character is wasted, no word misspent... The reach is dazzlingly epic, the tone addictively accessible. In awe. (Grazia)

Fans will not be disappointed (The Times)

O'Farrell's seventh novel is as captivating and as intricately written as her previous offerings (Closer)

In the final pages, however, we are allowed to slow right down, to savour the culmination of everything that has come before, and to remember just how gifted a storyteller O'Farrell truly is (Irish Independent)

A conjuror's sleight of hand... a deft and compelling chronicler of human relationships (Guardian)

This Must Be The Place is her best yet ... At the heart of this smart, structurally interesting but never over-clever novel is the story of a relationship ... If she was a man she'd be Man Booker-shortlisted, as it is she'll have to settle for just being brilliant (The Pool)

An utterly compelling story which loops between decades and the hearts of its characters with enormous warmth, wit and poignancy. (Isabel Costello)

A magnificent novel that is perceptive, profound and page-turning in equal measures. There are few things I look forward to like a Maggie O'Farrell novel and she never disappoints (Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love)

A tour de force, a complex and nuanced story leaping effortlessly across multiple characters and time frames... destined to be one of the most acclaimed books of 2016 (Hannah Beckerman, Author of The Dead Wife's Handbook)

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An addictive and unforgettable novel of a marriage in freefall, shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2016.

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The book was rather patchy and took a long time to get started. It was frustrating too as some of the characters were introduced and left hanging such as Rosalind. Readers were told she would explain more about herself and we're not told more which was annoying.
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great story, always been a fan of Maggie O'Farrell
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Pleasant read. A bit too much jumping around.
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I totally agree with the negative comments concerning this book. I did finish reading the book and what an effort it was to do so. The book has been dumped in a charity shop. A very disappointing read for the story is just so disjointed. Also I found I could not engage with the characters. And what was the purpose of The Belfast Zoo's inclusion and the many other tales of woe in the book?
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Much like other 1 star reviews, I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Maggie O'Farrell's previous books and couldn't wait to get stuck into this. How disappointed I was! It felt like a chore to read and although I persevered in the hope that something interesting might happen, it unfortunately didn't. Irritating characters, unbelievable story and dreadfully tedious throughout. I turned the last page wondering "what was the actual point in that?"
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This is a moving story of a series of relationships, the key one being between Daniel and the mysterious recluse and former film star Claudette. Read it for the unusual nonlinear structure and above all for the flawless writing. Maggie O'Farrell is surely one of our best contemporary writers.
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Not my favourite Maggie Farrell book I am afraid. I had little empathy for the characters ..I stopped caring about them ,thinking they were self absorbed and shallow. There was no insight offered as to the motivation of the main female character and found myself irritated by the whole (non) story.
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I have read all her previous books and really enjoyed them but this one I found dull and boring. The characters arent likeable or loathsome enough. The main character, Daniel,is very irritating. Didn't care what happened to any of them, which is just as well as nothing really happens. Her usual characters are usually well drawn and inter. Could see where her editor had asked her to pad it out. Very disappointing.
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