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After the End

On sale

28th May 2020

Price: £8.99

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780751564914
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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 all 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 . . .

If you’ve been moved by the themes in this book, or know a loved one who has, you might find Clare’s new book I Promise It Won’t Always Hurt Like This – coming spring 2024 – helpful. It includes 18 compassionate assurances for anyone living with grief and loss.


‘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


Nottingham Post
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
Jill Childs
Impressive, thoughtful, authentic and moving
Rhiannon Navin, author of Only Child
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
Lisa Jewell
Both utterly heart rending and incredibly uplifting, After the End is the most moving book you'll read this year
Moving and thought-provoking
Sunday Post
A breath-taking and powerful story . . . Riveting
Magic Radio Book Club
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
Liz Nugent
An astonishing read that reaches into our very souls, turns us inside out, leaves us weeping, and yet hoping for a brighter future
Kate Hamer
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.
A heart-wrenching tale - but it is also a story bursting with courage, hope and so much love
This deeply moving tale . . . leaves no emotion unturned
Liane Moriarty
A beautifully written novel, compelling and clever, tender and true. I can't stop thinking about it
Rowan Coleman, author of The Summer of Impossible Things
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
Publisher's Weekly
Captivating . . . tailor-made for book clubs and for fans of Jodi Picoult
Sun on Sunday, Fabulous Magazine
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
Daily Mirror Book of the Week
The bestselling author of I Let You Go shows that in these devastating, complex situations, there is no right answer
Mike Gayle
Amazing, heart-wrenching . . . an absolute must-read
Joanna Cannon
One of the most moving stories I have ever read. It's perfect
Libby Page, author of The Lido
A moving and thought-provoking novel. Cleverly written, with hope as well as heartbreak
Woman's Way
I promise you will weep during this beautifully sad book
Veronica Henry
So delicately balanced and never indulgent. So perfect
Jill Mansell
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
Sunday Mirror
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
The Sun
Sunday Times
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
Jane Corry
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
Daily Mail
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
Lucy Atkins
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
Good Housekeeping Books of the Month
(An) emotional read . . . Poignant
VIP Magazine
Deeply moving and page-turning . . . tailor-made for book clubs
Catherine Isaac
An exquisite novel - tragic, clever, life-affirming and original all at once
Woman & Home
Prepare to have your heart broken
Sinead Crowley
I read After the End in one emotional sitting. It's beautiful, original, moving and thought-provoking
Rosie Walsh, author of The Man Who Didn't Call
Unforgettable and profoundly moving, this is a novel about the bottomless human capacity for love and endurance, even in the most heartbreaking circumstances
Rachel Abbott
A heart-rending story, superbly executed
A heart-rending read and will have you debating what you would do in the same situation. A perfect book club choice
Sunday Express
Searing, emotional depth . . . an important story
Woman's Weekly
A beautifully written and thought-provoking tale . . . A must-read.
Jill Santopolo, New York Times bestselling author of The Light We Lost and More Than Words
A powerful exploration of grief, love and the way in which all decisions - both large and small - can have life-changing results.
A heart-wrenching, character-driven story
Daily Express
Heart-breaking . . . deftly handled . . . [After the End] shows that in devastating, complex situations, there is no right answer.
Adele Parks
A tender, heart-breaking, uplifting, truthful marvel of a novel. Clare Mackintosh has taken her already wonderful writing to a whole new level