Walk the Blue Fields

Claire Keegan

Walk the Blue Fields by Claire Keegan is the critically acclaimed second collection from the Booker-shortlisted author of Small Things Like These.

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Walk the Blue Fields by Claire Keegan is the long awaited second collection from the Booker-shortlisted author of Small Things Like These.

A long-haired woman moves into the priest’s house and sets fire to his furniture. That Christmas, the electricity goes out. A forester mortgages his land and goes off to a seaside town looking for a wife. He finds a woman eating alone in the hotel. A farmer wakes half-naked and realises the money is almost gone. And in the title story, a priest waits on the altar for a bride and battles, all that wedding day, with his memories of a love affair. In her long-awaited second collection, Claire Keegan observes an Ireland wrestling with its past.

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This stunningly accomplished book locates her amongst the greatest practitioners of the short-story.

Sunday Independent, Joseph O'Connor
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Keegan is a rarity: someone I will always want to read.

Richard Ford, Guardian 'Books of the Year'
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Stunning . . . Keegan possesses enormous skill in telling a good story where the last few lines always leave you reeling.

Irish Independent
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Her stories are original, sometimes shocking, and always spot-on in the smallest details. The sheer skill on display (and indeed hidden from display) is breath-taking.

Irish Times
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Keegan’s fiction makes most novels look too fancy; her short stories make most prose seem too plain. Her inner and outer landscapes, the palpable and the imagined, are all of a piece. You think you are just looking – it turns out you are travelling.

London Review of Books
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Immaculate structure, a lovely, easy flow of language, and a certain stony-eyed realism about human experience; she is very much part of an Irish tradition, but a unique craftswoman for all that.

Hilary Mantel, New Statesman 'Books of the Year'

Claire Keegan’s stories are translated into more than thirty-five languages. Antarctica won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. Walk the Blue Fields won the Edge Hill Prize for the finest collection of stories published in the British Isles. Foster won the Davy Byrnes Award and in 2020 was chosen by The Times as one of the top fifty works of…

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