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    • ISBN:9780748132195
    • Publication date:03 May 2012

This Is How It Ends

By Kathleen MacMahon

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A Richard and Judy Summer 2013 Book Club title.
Be moved, enchanted and shocked by this all-consuming tale of finding love when you least expect it, by the No.1 bestselling Irish author

This is when it begins

Autumn, 2008.

This is where it begins

The coast of Dublin.

This is why it begins

Bruno, an American, has come to Ireland to search for his roots. Addie, an out-of-work architect, is recovering from heartbreak while taking care of her infirm father. When their worlds collide, they experience a connection unlike any they've previously felt, but soon their newfound love will be tested in ways they never imagined possible.

This is how it ends . . .

Biographical Notes

Kathleen MacMahon is a former radio and television journalist with Ireland's national broadcaster, RTE. The grand-daughter of the distinguished short story writer Mary Lavin, Kathleen lives in Dublin with her husband and twin daughters. This is How it Ends, her first novel, was a No.1 bestseller in Ireland for five consecutive weeks and spent nine weeks in the Top Ten bestseller list.

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  • ISBN: 9780751548358
  • Publication date: 09 May 2013
  • Page count: 448
  • Imprint: Sphere
It will leave you a weeping mess just as Em and Dex's story did. It will also leave you feeling utterly bereft to no longer be in its company — Observer
Be warned. MacMahon subtly weaves her readers so tightly into her story that when she rolls out her shattering ending it's best to be alone. Stave off the tears if you can: I was a wreck — Sunday Times
When you have long forgotten many other fictional lovers, there is something about Addie and Bruno, their past and their world, that will not go away — Maeve Binchy, The Irish Times
This richly poetic first novel combines a strong contemporary feel with a sense of timelessness. MacMahon's prose fizzes from page one. As the title suggests this is a poignant book yet remarkably life-affirming thanks to the sheer quality of MacMahon's writing. Her characterisation is deft and believable. She has perfect control of tone and a gift for piercing metaphor. I predict a glittering future — Daily Express
It has 'future classic' written all over it — Glamour
An exceptional novel . . . It is truly a story for our time — Irish Independent
Kathleen MacMahon's prose could not appear more effortless or beautiful . . . The twist in this tale is utterly unexpected and satisfyingly unpredictable . . . A bittersweet novel that will no doubt become a book-club darling — Sunday Independent
A tender love story. A book about love, family, children and that glorious sense of being alive — Irish Examiner
This is a love story like no other — Mirror
An all-consuming love story . . . that can't fail to enchant you — Heat
I found myself relating to every character, charmed into enjoying their world and not wanting it to end — Stylist
This is an outstanding debut novel which will linger long in your mind — Red Magazine
The force of it takes you by stealth until you realise you're swallowing furiously, to keep down the lump in your throat — Psychologies
. . . crunchingly big finish which packs an undeniable punch — Daily Mail
Is MacMahon the new Donoghue, capable of winning plaudits from critics and sales from readers eager to see their own lives reflected in fiction? — Sunday Business Post Ireland
Summer 2012's One Day, this is a love story with an ominous feel that haunts from page one — Easy Living
Sometimes you read a book that takes your breath away - this was the book . . . This Is How It Ends grabs you very gently at the beginning and urges you to continue, it wraps you up in its charm and leaves you bereft (in a good way). An emotional rollercoaster of two people thrown together, at a strange time in a less than ordinary way, I defy you not to be moved — Woman's Way
Throughout the book, the narrative remains both beautiful and understated - and is perhaps all the more dramatic for it — Fabulous Magazine
This wonderful new author is a force to be reckoned with — Dubray Books
If you enjoyed One Day, you'll love this. Utterly charming and packed with humour, this novel is carried by its characters' charisma. Completely engrossing right up until the unbearably moving conclusion — Sunday Mirror
This book is as powerful in the early, glorious unfurling of an unexpected, unlooked for love as it is in the build to the gut-wrenching finale — Star Magazine
Wonderfully written, MacMahon creates characters that will linger long in your mind. Keep the tissues nearby, you will need them — Daily Express
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