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Small Things Like These
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Small Things Like These
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THE NEW NOVEL FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF FOSTER, ANTARCTICA AND WALK THE BLUE FIELDS

'This is a tale of courage and compassion, of good sons and vulnerable young mothers. Absolutely beautiful.'
-Douglas Stuart
(Winner of the Booker Prize 2020)
'Marvellous-exact and icy and loving all at once.' -Sarah Moss
'A haunting, hopeful masterpiece.' -Sinéad Gleeson
It is 1985, in an Irish town. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Bill Furlong, a coal and timber merchant, faces into his busiest season. As he does the rounds, he feels the past rising up to meet him - and encounters the complicit silences of a people controlled by the Church.
The long-awaited new work from the author of Foster, Small Things Like These is an unforgettable story of hope, quiet heroism and tenderness.
'[Claire Keegan] creates luminous effects with spare material, so every line seems to be a lesson in the perfect deployment of both style and emotion.'
Hilary Mantel

***PRE-ORDER NOW***
THE NEW NOVEL FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF FOSTER, ANTARCTICA AND WALK THE BLUE FIELDS

'This is a tale of courage and compassion, of good sons and vulnerable young mothers. Absolutely beautiful.'
-Douglas Stuart
(Winner of the Booker Prize 2020)
'Marvellous-exact and icy and loving all at once.' -Sarah Moss
'A haunting, hopeful masterpiece.' -Sinéad Gleeson
It is 1985, in an Irish town. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Bill Furlong, a coal and timber merchant, faces into his busiest season. As he does the rounds, he feels the past rising up to meet him - and encounters the complicit silences of a people controlled by the Church.
The long-awaited new work from the author of Foster, Small Things Like These is an unforgettable story of hope, quiet heroism and tenderness.
'[Claire Keegan] creates luminous effects with spare material, so every line seems to be a lesson in the perfect deployment of both style and emotion.'
Hilary Mantel

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  • Claire Keegan's stories are translated into thirty languages. Antarctica won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Walk the Blue Fields won the Edge Hill Prize, awarded to the best collection of stories published in the British Isles. Foster won the Davy Byrnes Award, one of the richest literary prizes in the world, and was last year chosen by The Times as one of the top fifty works of fiction to be published in the twenty- first century. Small Things Like These was shortlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize, and for the Rathbones Folio Prize, awarded for the best work of literature, regardless of form, to be published in the English language, and won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award and the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction.
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  • AudioFile Magazine Aiden Kelly gives a masterful narration of this brief novel, set in a small Irish town in 1985. Bill Furlong, the son of an unwed mother and now a coal merchant with a family, leads a comfortable life. But menace gradually creeps into Kelly's brogue, reflecting the shattering of Furlong's complacency. During a coal delivery to the town's convent, he finds a young woman locked and freezing in an outbuilding. As he learns more, he is shaken by the fate of the occupants of the Magdalene schools/laundries for unwed mothers and their babies. He also discovers how he and his mother avoided this fate. Kelly's chilling rendering of the Mother Superior's caustic voice is all a listener needs to hear to realize that this is no bucolic Irish tale. D.G.P. � AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine
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