Claire Keegan

The debut collection of stories from the author of Foster and Small Things Like These.

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The stunning debut story collection from the author of Foster and the Booker Prize shortlised Small Things Like These

‘A beautiful, tender work of great clarity.’ Sebastian Barry
‘Simply put, Claire Keegan is one of the greatest fiction writers in the world.’ George Saunders
‘Among the finest contemporary stories written recently in English.’ Observer

A secret one-night tryst in the city. A sister’s revenge. A love-struck doctor. A missing girl. In Antarctica, an astonishing sequence of stories, one of our most gifted writers illuminates human longing and fallibility in all its variety.

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Simply put, Claire Keegan is one of the greatest fiction writers in the world.

George Saunders
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Every line seems to be a lesson in the perfect deployment of both style and emotion.

Hilary Mantel
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Amongst the greatest practitioners of the short story form

Joseph O'Connor
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The beautifully crafted stories are like chilling, adult versions of fairy tales – albeit with echoes of Raymond Carver and William Trevor.

Sunday Telegraph
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Keegan has a remarkably poetic vision and she treats hurt and laughter, love and hate, with the same calm, almost ethereal style.

Sunday Tribute
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An exciting first book of deliberate, contemplative short stories.


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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