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Claire Keegan

A heartbreaking, haunting story of childhood, loss and love by one of Ireland’s most acclaimed writers, author of the Booker-shortlisted Small Things Like These.

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** Adapted into the Oscar-nominated film adaptation, An Cailín Ciúin / The Quiet Girl **

From the author of the Booker-shortlisted Small Things Like These, a heartbreaking, haunting story of childhood, loss and love by one of Ireland’s most acclaimed writers.

‘A real jewel.’ Irish Independent

‘A small miracle.’ Sunday Times

‘A thing of finely honed beauty.’ Guardian

‘Thrilling.’ Richard Ford

‘As good as Chekhov.’ David Mitchell

It is a hot summer in rural Ireland. A girl is sent to live with foster parents on a farm, not knowing when she will return home. In the strangers’ house, she finds a warmth and affection she has not known before and slowly begins to blossom in their care. But in a house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers how fragile her idyll is.

Critic Reviews

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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Keegan writes with such grace and accuracy that it is impossible not to be drawn into each world she creates.

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‘It's a pleasure to read a writer who has truly grasped the art of the short story, and can capture the soul of its subject in such a short space.

Irish Mail on Sunday
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Simply put, Claire Keegan is one of the greatest fiction writers in the world.

George Saunders
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A small miracle.

Sunday Times
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A thing of finely honed beauty.


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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