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After the End: The powerful, life-affirming novel from the Sunday Times Number One bestselling author Paperback – 25 June 2019

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I promise you will weep during this beautifully sad book * Woman's Way * Brilliant * The Sun * A beautifully written and thought-provoking tale . . . A must-read. * Woman's Weekly * I haven't read a book that's moved me so much for years. After the End does something incredible, it made me cry yet uplifted me. A beautifully written, astonishing work. -- Kate Hamer (An) emotional read . . . Poignant * Good Housekeeping Books of the Month * Deeply moving . . . no emotion is left unturned . . . 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A perfect book club choice * Prima * A complex structure exploring future alternative outcomes invests you hugely in their struggle - leaving you wondering "what would i do?" Moving without being mawkish, this will linger long in the memory * Sunday Mirror * This stunning book is something of a departure for bestselling thriller writer mackintosh, who questions what it costs to stand up for what you believe in * Daily Mail * Cleverly structured to look at both sides of a heart-breaking situation, this thought-provoking book draws upon the author's experiences, and manages to feel both personal and universal * Sun on Sunday, Fabulous Magazine * Mackintosh's depiction of the long-distance loneliness, grit-eyed exhaustion and beleaguered hopes of the parent of a terminally ill child are moving. Yet this is a life-affirming story, too, in its richly drawn depiction of the Iranian consultant Leila's background or its scarred central characters' re-emergence blinking into the world * Sunday Times * This deeply moving tale . . . leaves no emotion unturned * iNews * An astonishing read that reaches into our very souls, turns us inside out, leaves us weeping, and yet hoping for a brighter future -- Liz Nugent Captivating . . . tailor-made for book clubs and for fans of Jodi Picoult * Publisher's Weekly * A breath-taking and powerful story . . . Riveting * Sunday Post * Beautiful, sumptuous and tender, this story is one of parents and impossible decisions. Completely relevant to today's issues, this delicately personal and heart-wrenching tale is a tribute to human spirit * Magic Radio Book Club * A heart-rending story, superbly executed -- Rachel Abbott A heart-wrenching, character-driven story * Best * So delicately balanced and never indulgent. So perfect -- Veronica Henry Have just finished Clare Mackintosh's extraordinary, heartrending life-lesson of a book - it is an absolute tour de force. Everyone should read After the End -- Jill Mansell After the End is a gorgeously written and sincerely moving novel. First it broke my heart, but then helped put it back together in unexpected ways. I know it will preoccupy my thoughts for a long time to come -- Rhiannon Navin, author of Only Child This is the most moving book I have read this year. After the End made me cry but in the best possible way. I felt I was there, right inside the pages, wanting to hug each character. Put this on the top of your list. You won't regret it -- Jane Corry Clare Mackintosh takes us on a heart-rending, vivid journey through one of the toughest situations a parent could face - she's Britain's answer to Jodi Picoult -- Lucy Atkins A tender, heart-breaking, uplifting, truthful marvel of a novel. Clare Mackintosh has taken her already wonderful writing to a whole new level -- Adele Parks Impressive, thoughtful, authentic and moving -- Jill Childs A powerful exploration of grief, love and the way in which all decisions - both large and small - can have life-changing results. -- Jill Santopolo, New York Times bestselling author of The Light We Lost and More Than Words An exquisite novel - tragic, clever, life-affirming and original all at once -- Catherine Isaac I read After the End in one emotional sitting. It's beautiful, original, moving and thought-provoking -- Sinead Crowley One of the most moving stories I have ever read. It's perfect -- Joanna Cannon Amazing, heart-wrenching . . . an absolute must-read -- Mike Gayle Moving and thought-provoking * Independent * Such a perfectly poised novel, with authentic heart and depth, that examines the worst moments of our lives, and still somehow uncovers hope and the indomitable strength of the human spirit. Everyone should read this beautiful book -- Rowan Coleman, author of The Summer of Impossible Things Unforgettable and profoundly moving, this is a novel about the bottomless human capacity for love and endurance, even in the most heartbreaking circumstances -- Rosie Walsh, author of The Man Who Didn't Call A moving and thought-provoking novel. Cleverly written, with hope as well as heartbreak -- Libby Page, author of The Lido A beautifully written novel, compelling and clever, tender and true. I can't stop thinking about it -- Liane Moriarty Both utterly heart rending and incredibly uplifting, After the End is the most moving book you'll read this year -- Lisa Jewell

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Both utterly heart rending and incredibly uplifting, After the End is the most moving book you'll read this year

A beautifully written novel, compelling and clever, tender and true. I can't stop thinking about it

Such a perfectly poised novel, with authentic heart and depth, that examines the worst moments of our lives, and still somehow uncovers hope and the indomitable strength of the human spirit. Everyone should read this beautiful book

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Sphere; 1st edition (25 June 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0751564923
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0751564921
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15 x 3 x 23.2 cm
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Welcome to my Amazon Author page! Whether you're new to my work, or a hard-core fan, it's lovely to see you here. My latest book is HOSTAGE, a locked room thriller set on a 20-hour, non-stop flight from London to Sydney. I can promise you lots of turbulence but, ultimately, a safe landing ;-) I'm excited for you to read it, and hope you'll find me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and let me know when you've got your copy.

I'm the author of I Let You Go, I See You and Let Me Lie - page-turning thrillers that have sold more than two million copies across 40 countries, and hit bestseller lists including The Sunday Times and The New York Times. I also wrote the emotional rollercoaster, After the End: a family drama about an impossible choice that threatens to tear a couple apart. It's the most personal book I've written, and I've loved hearing from readers who have connected with it.

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I've just put the finishing touches to a crime novel set in North Wales, in a small community in the foothills of a mountain. There's a luxury log cabin resort, a misty lake and lots of secrets. Oh - and a dead body... I'm excited to introduce you to my favourite character yet - Detective Constable Ffion Morgan. Keep an eye on my social media and on here, for a title and synopsis reveal.

If you click the yellow 'follow' button, Amazon will send you an email when I have a new release, or if there's a special deal you might be interested in. It's the best way to make sure you never miss a book! I love connecting with my readers, and there are plenty of ways you can get a sneak peek at what's going on behind the scenes. My free book club offers reading recommendations and exclusive extras to members (sign up at my website - the link's below), and on my Facebook page (also below!) you'll find book discussions - both spoiler-laden and spoiler-free - and regular giveaways. If it's general chit chat you're after, please do follow me on Twitter or Instagram, where I go to avoid writing, and to share snippets of my life in rural Wales, complete with children, chickens, dogs, guinea pigs and Pete the goat. See you there!

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With over 2 million copies of her books sold worldwide, number one bestseller Clare Mackintosh is the multi-award-winning author of I Let You Go, which was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and the fastest-selling title by a new crime writer in 2015. It also won the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2016. Both Clare's second and third novels, I See You and Let Me Lie, were number one Sunday Times bestsellers. All three of her thrillers were selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club, and together have been translated into forty languages. After the End was published in 2019 and became an instant Sunday Times bestseller, and in 2021 Hostage flew straight into the top ten. Together, her books have spent more than sixty weeks in The Sunday Times bestseller lists.

Clare is patron of the Silver Star Society, a charity based at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford, which supports parents experiencing high-risk or difficult pregnancies. She lives in North Wales with her husband and their three children.

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For more information visit Clare's website www.claremackintosh.com or find her at www.facebook.com/ClareMackWrites or on Twitter @ClareMackint0sh #ILetYouGo #ISeeYou #LetMeLie #AftertheEnd #HostageBook

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