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Below the Big Blue Sky

(2020)
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'Brilliant, funny and immensely moving'
Catherine Isaac, author of You, Me, Everything

'Well, that was a tearjerker! Anna McPartlin's Below the Big Blue Sky is a MORE than worthy follow-up to The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes'
Marian Keyes

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There's no family quite like the Hayes, and yet they're just like any other - they love each other, they look out for each other and they drive each other mad. When their youngest, Rabbit, dies tragically at just forty, the Hayes are almost torn apart by their grief.

Without her beloved mum, twelve-year-old Bunny is adrift; without Rabbit, there can be no Bunny. Her Granny is concerned when Bunny insists on being called by her real name, Juliet. Even surrounded by the noise and chaos of the Hayes, Juliet feels lost and alone.

Meanwhile, Rabbit's sister Grace has something else on her mind. She's got the gene that made her sister ill, and she hasn't told anyone yet. All she can think about are the things she's always wanted to do, like fly a plane or climb a mountain, or watch her four children grow up. She doesn't know how to share the news that may break her family, but she knows she needs their support, now more than ever.

Despite squabbling over what Rabbit will wear at the wake and their dad burying himself in the past with his diaries, the Hayes family know there's only one way they'll get through this: together.

This huge-hearted novel is about grief, family, the messiness of life and finding humour in the most unexpected of places. Below the Big Blue Sky will make you laugh, cry and fill you with joy.

Look out for Anna McPartlin's new novel Waiting for the Miracle.

***What readers have been saying about Below the Big Blue Sky***

'Equally heartbreaking and hilarious'

'You will laugh, you will cry and you will laugh while crying'

'A real, raw, beautiful depiction of life, love and loss'

'The story has us laughing, crying and on the edge of our seats'

'A beautiful story, beautifully written'

'You'll howl laughing and bawl crying, even on the same page'

'A truly wonderful read'

'It is OK to laugh while grieving'

'Fantastically funny and heartbreaking in equal measure'

'Big-hearted, amusing, compassionate, emotional'

'#RememberRabbitHayes'

'Moving, heartbreaking and funny'

'I love, love, love the Hayes family'

'Desperately sad, hilariously funny and incredibly moving all at the same time'

Genre: Romance

Praise for this book

"I read Below the Big Blue Sky in two days. My heart is full. I have laughed and cried and held my breath. This is a very worthy sequel to The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes, and the wonderful Anna Mcpartlin has proven once again what an incredible writer she is . . . An incredible story of grief, resilience and strength of character shot through with humour. Just brilliant." - Claire Allan

"I'm in bits. In BITS. It's been a long time since I've read something that spoke to my soul like this - such a achingly beautiful description of what it is to love and grieve - and in time to learn to laugh at that grief and move on too. When I wasn't reaching for the Kleenex to wipe away a little tear, I was guffawing with laughter - Anna has the gift of being able to make you laugh and sob, and all on a single page. The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes was one of the most amazing books I have ever had the privilege of reading and now this is a worthy successor. Wow. Just wow. I know this will be one of the books of the year for me." - Claudia Carroll

"I hadn't thought it possible to laugh and cry during one book as much as I had while reading The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes. But I turned the last page of Below The Big Blue Sky broken and elated all at once. Anna McPartlin's novel is brilliant, funny and immensely moving." - Catherine Isaac

"It's such a gorgeous examination of grief while also being honest, hilarious and totally relatable. I LOVED this book!" - Fionnuala Kearney

"Well, that was a tearjerker! Anna McPartlin's Below the Big Blue Sky is a MORE than worthy follow-up to The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes." - Marian Keyes

"I loved Rabbit Hayes but Below the Big Blue Sky is even more beautiful, heartbreaking, heartwarming, funny, warm and wonderful. Anna, you NAILED it." - Sinéad Moriarty


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July 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: Below the Big Blue Sky: A heartbreaking, heartwarming, laugh-out-loud novel for fans of Jojo Moyes
Author(s): Anna McPartlin
ISBN: 1-83877-078-X / 978-1-83877-078-5 (UK edition)
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February 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: Below the Big Blue Sky: A heartbreaking, heartwarming, laugh-out-loud novel for fans of Jojo Moyes
Author(s): Anna McPartlin
ISBN: 1-83877-080-1 / 978-1-83877-080-8 (UK edition)
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July 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Below the Big Blue Sky: Jojo Moyes meets Marian Keyes in this heartwarming, laugh-out-loud novel
Author(s): Anna McPartlin
ISBN: 1-83877-079-8 / 978-1-83877-079-2 (UK edition)
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Title: Below the Big Blue Sky
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Title: Below the Big Blue Sky
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Title: Below the Big Blue Sky
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July 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Below the Big Blue Sky: A heartbreaking, heartwarming, laugh-out-loud novel for fans of Jojo Moyes
Author(s): Anna McPartlin
Publisher: Zaffre
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU