Maggie O'Farrell

This Must Be the Place

Maggie O’Farrell

The dazzling new novel from bestselling, award-winning author Maggie O’Farrell, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE crosses time zones and continents to reveal an extraordinary portrait of a marriage.

‘Inventive, moving and hilarious. I loved it’ Rachel Joyce

‘Destined to be one of the most acclaimed books of 2016’ Hannah Beckerman

‘Magnificent… perceptive, profound and page turning’ Cathy Rentzenbrink

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?

Maggie O’Farrell’s seventh novel is a dazzling, intimate epic about who we leave behind and who we become as we search for our place in the world.

Published on May 17, 2016



A conjuror’s sleight of hand… a deft and compelling chronicler of human relationships


A symphony of stories and voices… absolutely gripping… A rare talent to enthral… It will leave you bereft and wanting more

Sunday Times

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 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