Thanks to Maggie for coming in to Dulwich Books to sign her new novel This Must Be The Place. Here’s Sheila’s take on the book:

this-must-be-the-place-by-maggie-o-farrell-760x1169A captivating gem of a novel that is an engrossing and wonderful read.

The story – set mainly but not exclusively in the present day – crosses time zones and continents to paint an extraordinary portrait of a marriage, a marriage of intense love that when it falls apart your heart breaks for Claudette and Daniel. Although at times I did get a little irritated with Claudette I did forgive her as she is basically a complex character who has been hurt many times. Maggie has developed the characters brilliantly and at times you feel they are your friends.

I loved the scenes she depicts in the kitchen and home life in Donegal conveying the warmth and love, there are wonderful descriptions of life in Ireland and I felt I was in Jardin du Luxembourg when Claudette and Daniel met again. This is masterful storytelling as Maggi effortlessly weaves the complex threads of relationships and loves in what is surely her best novel to date.

Sheila O’Reilly

This Must Be The Place/£18.99/9780755358809