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Have you read the book that everyone’s talking about?

‘If I could give this book 10 stars I would’ (Reader review)

‘This book touched my soul’ (Reader review)

‘I could not put it down. What a story. What a storyteller’ (Reader review)

‘This is in my top five books of all time. Absolutely incredible’ (Reader review)

‘I have never felt so emotionally wrapped up in characters in a book’ (Reader review)

No. 1 bestseller Clare Mackintosh brings you the most moving book you’ll read this year. After the End is powerful, uplifting and full of hope.

Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. Only now they’re facing the most important decision of their lives – and they don’t agree.

With the consequences of an impossible choice threatening to devastate them both, nothing will ever be the same again.

But anything can happen after the end . . .

Clare Mackintosh returns with an unmissable thriller this summer – Hostage is out now.


‘The most moving book you’ll read this year’ LISA JEWELL

‘Life-affirming . . . richly drawn’ SUNDAY TIMES

‘Compelling and clever, tender and true. I can’t stop thinking about it’ LIANE MORIARTY

‘Heart-wrenching . . . an absolute must-read’ MIKE GAYLE

Put this on the top of your list. You won’t regret it‘ JANE CORRY

‘One of the most moving stories I have ever read. It’s perfect’ JOANNA CANNON


I read After the End in one emotional sitting. It's beautiful, original, moving and thought-provoking
Sinead Crowley
So delicately balanced and never indulgent. So perfect
Veronica Henry
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
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
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
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
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
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
A heart-rending read and will have you debating what you would do in the same situation. A perfect book club choice
Prepare to have your heart broken
Woman & Home
Deeply moving and page-turning . . . tailor-made for book clubs
VIP Magazine
A heart-wrenching tale - but it is also a story bursting with courage, hope and so much love
The bestselling author of I Let You Go shows that in these devastating, complex situations, there is no right answer
Daily Mirror Book of the Week
Searing, emotional depth . . . an important story
Sunday Express
Deeply moving . . . no emotion is left unturned . . . While there's no denying this is a relentlessly sad novel - it's far from an easy read - you will feel uplifted by the end
Nottingham Post
(An) emotional read . . . Poignant
Good Housekeeping Books of the Month
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
This deeply moving tale . . . leaves no emotion unturned
A beautifully written and thought-provoking tale . . . A must-read.
Woman's Weekly
The Sun
Heart-breaking . . . deftly handled . . . [After the End] shows that in devastating, complex situations, there is no right answer.
Daily Express
I promise you will weep during this beautifully sad book
Woman's Way
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
Captivating . . . tailor-made for book clubs and for fans of Jodi Picoult
Publisher's Weekly
Impressive, thoughtful, authentic and moving
Jill Childs
Moving and thought-provoking
One of the most moving stories I have ever read. It's perfect
Joanna Cannon
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
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
A breath-taking and powerful story . . . Riveting
Sunday Post
A heart-rending story, superbly executed
Rachel Abbott
A heart-wrenching, character-driven story
A beautifully written novel, compelling and clever, tender and true. I can't stop thinking about it
Liane Moriarty
A moving and thought-provoking novel. Cleverly written, with hope as well as heartbreak
Libby Page, author of The Lido
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
Amazing, heart-wrenching . . . an absolute must-read
Mike Gayle
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
An exquisite novel - tragic, clever, life-affirming and original all at once
Catherine Isaac
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
Both utterly heart rending and incredibly uplifting, After the End is the most moving book you'll read this year
Lisa Jewell
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
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