We Own the Sky by Luke Allnutt

We Own the Sky

“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 wif...

Details We Own the Sky

TitleWe Own the Sky
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherPark Row

Reviews We Own the Sky

  • Angela M
    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 o...
  • Tracy Fenton
    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 subjec...
  • Joanne Robertson
    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...
  • Jen
    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 with...
  • Mo
    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
  • Lainy
    Time taken to read - really 1 day Pages - 368Publisher - TrapezeSource - ARCBlurb 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 som...
  • Villivonkansbooks
    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 til...
  • Cheryl
    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 exp...
  • Monica Mac
    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 wit...
  • 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...
  • Marie Eriksson
    Fint berättat om en pojke som får cancer. Kan inte låta bli att jämföra föräldrarna med Emma och Dexter i En dag.
  • Jay Dwight
    Normally a crime and legal reader, this one got snuck into my reading pile. And I'm glad it did, for I enjoyed the read.An emotional read, a story of love, loss, despair and then hope. Told from a father's perspective, this novel runs through the love and courtship of Rob and Anna, and the birth of their son Jack. Then their world is thrown into chaos.An engaging, well-written story, that might contribute to the odd something getting in your eye ...
  • Madeleine Black
    I was gripped by this breathtakingly beautiful book in just the first few pages and couldn't put it down. This story is about every parents worst nightmare and as someone who struggled to have children but went on to have three, I really felt Rob and Anna's pain when they receive the devastating news of Jack's diagnosis.I really enjoyed the story being told through Rob's eyes, was refreshing to hear about love and loss from a male perspective. It...
  • Colette Lamberth
    When you finish a book one evening then wake up the next morning thinking about the characters you know the author did something a bit special. This is a moving and at times heartbreaking story and not one I will forget easily.
  • Sarah
    I feel as though I am doing a disservice to this book as I doubt I can properly express what an extraordinary novel this is. Obviously, as I gave it my rare five star rating, it is one I cherished. Some of that is owing to the subject matter; I've long been a fan of medical novels, both fiction and non-fiction alike. We Own the Sky, though a work of fiction, most certainly draws upon the author's experience as a cancer patient himself. He accurat...
  • Jo
    Oh my heart! What an emotional read. I loved this book for its honesty, it's rawness and for its abundance of pure love. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it will, I know, stay with me for a very long timeThis book is told from Rob's point of view. He is a father. He is a husband. And he is a nan who is trying to deal with the reality that is that of his young son being seriously ill. We meet Rob in the present day but we also read about he m...
  • Britt-Marie Kullin
    Betyg: 5 av 5. Himlen tillhör oss är en mycket, mycket bra bok, tycker jag, som absolut får högsta betyget från mig. Den är väldigt gripande och berörande. Boken är skriven ur en pappas synvinkel och handlar om hans femåriga son som får en hjärntumör. Men det är även en fint skildrad kärlekshistoria mellan föräldrarna. Boken är välskriven, lättläst, väldigt bra, och rörande. Grät ett flertal gånger när jag läste den. M...
  • Susan Hampson
    You need a big Do Not Disturb sign up when you begin this book because you will just not be in a good state to talk to anyone while you are reading. This is an emotional charged story that just rips you apart and glues you back together but you won’t be the same person that you were. This will be my chosen read at the end of the year for February and I know that I will still remember this story like I have just read it. It really is so powerful...
  • Juliet Bookliterati
    We Own The Sky  author Luke Allnutt opens the book with a preface explaining that he wrote the book whilst in hospital facing the reality that he may not live long enough to see his own son grow up.  I feel this is an important piece of information as it gives the author's state of mind when writing this book and adds to the emotional aspect of the book.  Whilst the book is not about a father being unwell, but rather the young son, many of th...
  • booksofallkinds
    Before you sit down to read this book you need to make a cup of tea, have a box of tissues close at hand, and if you have kids give them a huge hug and a kiss. Then and only then should you turn the first page and become caught up in this emotional and heartbreaking tale of love and family that will change you forever.Rob Coates had the perfect life but everything he loves is suddenly threatened when his little boy becomes ill. As the story moves...
  • Misfits farm
    A story that will grip your heart and not let go. This may be an emotional read for some. Love, loss, hope and the small things that count. Jack is a much longed for child. Rob and Anna can’t believe their luck when this little bundle finally arrives in their arms after having previous miscarriages. When he starts having balance issues his parents take him for further tests. This is the story of their journey from before he was born to the afte...
  • Laurel
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.It was refreshing to read a book with such emotion and love written by a man (and I am not being sexist!). Being a mother makes it hard to read a story about a sick chid but it was written with so much empathy and feeling. The characters were developed and believable, and I particularly loved the sensitive way the author tackled the downward spiral that the father...
  • Nathaly
    https://nathalys-reading.blogspot.sk/...Kniha je plná bolesti, výčitiek, obviňovania... Autenticky zachytáva boj s rakovinou, pretože autor si touto hrôzou prešiel. Bolo to cítiť. Vedel, o čom píše, lebo to sám zažil. Dej je nasýtený pocitmi, no, bohužiaľ, som ich nevedela zachytiť a prežiť, lebo mi v tom zabránil spisovateľov štýl písania. Veľmi som chcela mať tento príbeh rada, aj kvôli tomu, čo Luke prežil, ale...
  • Gillian
    Rob and Anna are an unlikely couple they meet while celebrating at mutual friendsbirthday party in a bar in Cambridge while at university. Anna was prim and proper had her life mapped out she knew exactly what she was going to do and had five job offers lined up just had to chose which one she wanted while Rob was working on maps and wanted to own his own business. Their backgrounds were so different as well. Robs mother died having had a massive...
  • Maddy Cordell
    A very emotionally charged book. Told from the point of view of the father, it tells what happens in a family when their long wished for son is diagnosed with a terminal illness’s. The effect on not only the family, but the people around them. The difficulty in accepting a diagnosis and the impulse to believe anything to make it not so. A very intense, moving book. Recommended.
  • Kim Landwer
  • Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
    Before I even started this story I knew it was going to be a heart breaking and tear jerking story, which is based from true events. We Own the Sky is an emotional story that parents should never have to face. I must also mention how this story highlights the power of love and the relationship between a father and son. A story that may not be to every readers taste due to individual circumstances but a beautiful story. One that will remain in my ...
  • Sue Clement
    I think sometimes the stories that tell a tragic tale of a child taken from this world so soon can be very difficult to read but even harder to write if you haven’t experienced the pain for yourself. This book was exceptional as not only written from the males point of view it didn’t hold out any punches and lead you into thinking there would be a happy ever afterj. The story follows Rob the father of little Jack and how he copes with his son...