• What a beautiful novel ... elegant, understated, subtly powerful, and rings so perfectly true that it is easy to forget that this is a work of fiction. There are particular moments that keep occurring to me unbidden at the oddest times - beautiful, poignant moments, drawn with such quiet power. And that quiet power is alive and at work on every page

    Donal Ryan
  • Insightful and deeply moving, this is a story of one man's grief that somehow manages to hold onto its sense of humour. I loved this book

    Christine Dwyer Hickey
  • Kathleen MacMahon's prose could not appear more effortless or beautiful

    Sunday Independent
  • Gentle and triumphant, MacMahon offers us a novel seeped in beautiful prose and poignant tenderness

    Anne Griffin
  • Kathleen MacMahon has written an absorbing, grave, and emotionally resonant study of a marriage, of a life, of masculinity and of grief. A marvellous achievement

    Neil Hegarty
  • Stunning

    Henrietta McKervey, via Twitter
  • Just finished Nothing But Blue Sky. I feel as if I've been gutted, replenished with added pieces of tiny crystals and neatly put back together. A truly astonishing novel

    Margaret Madden, Bleach House Library
  • It's rare to read an account of a happy normal marriage and she does it brilliantly

    Sue Leonard