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Small Things Like These

Claire Keegan

An exquisite winter tale of courage — and its cost, set in Catholic Ireland.

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A Book of the Year in The Times – The New Statesman – Observer – Financial Times – Irish Times – Irish Independent – Times Literary Supplement

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Cillian Murphy.

Winner of the Orwell Prize and the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award.

Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize and the Irish Novel of the Year at the Dalkey Literary Awards.

‘Exquisite.’ Damon Galgut

‘Masterly.’ The Times

‘Miraculous.’ Herald

‘Astonishing.’ Colm Tóibín

‘Stunning.’ Sunday Independent

‘Absolutely beautiful.’ Douglas Stuart

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.

Critic Reviews

A genuine one-in-a-generation writer.

The Times
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[A] snowglobe of a story that fits a whole bustling, striving, yearning world into 114 finely wrought pages.

Sunday Times
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Powerful and affecting and very timely . . . deeply moving.

Hilary Mantel
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Truly great . . . quietly radical

Ali Smith, Guardian
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Stunning . . . A haunting, hopeful masterpiece.

Sinéad Gleeson
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Remarkable . . . Truly exquisite.

Daily Telegraph

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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