Small Things Like These

Small Things Like These

Paperback Published on: 03/11/2022
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Small Things Like These
A beautifully crafted gem of a novel
This small book about small things packs a big punch both politically and emotionally. Keegan manages to balance economy of language with richness of descr... READ MORE
Jack at Glasgow Argyle Street
Small Things Like These
I will devour anything Claire Keegan feeds me
How Claire manages to build such rich narratives in so few pages is astounding.
Small Things Like These
Small Things, Huge Talent
A Christmas-dusted slice-of-life set in 80s Ireland; it can be read in one sitting, following an ordinary delivery man who encounters a troubled young woma... READ MORE
Chris Bedford
Small Things Like These
110 perfect pages
There’s nothing much to say except that this book is devastatingly brilliant. Telling the story of the winter months in a 1980s Irish town, this book fo... READ MORE
Aaron Cawood
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Thought Provoking
Thought provoking seems a mild phrase compared to how this book actually made me feel. First time reading anything by Claire Keegan and I was thoroughly ... READ MORE


Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month for November 2022 Shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2022 Winner of the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2022 Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2022 The new novel from the internationally bestselling author of Foster, Antarctica and Walk the Blue Fields. 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.

  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 9780571368709
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Weight: 149g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 9 mm

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Small Things Like These
Simply Sublime Storytelling
This was an effortless but deeply rewarding read. Character, themes and story here are so intrinsically linked, and the whole piece so elegantly structured... READ MORE
Steve at Trafalgar Square
Small Things Like These
Beautiful and lyrical
Beautiful and lyrical set in a small community in Ireland in the mid 80's and having as its central theme the Magdalene Laundries which were an institution... READ MORE
Small Things Like These
So powerful
The story of Bill Furlong and his family. His everyday life seems deceptively simple and straightforward but soon we learn of the depth of his honesty an... READ MORE
Karen Preece
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Claire Keegan- Small Things Like These.
Fast paced and highly readable. The story of a man who but for the grace of God and Mrs Wilson, would have been born, adopted out or died in one of these ... READ MORE
Monica Grudgings
Small Things Like These
Courage in an ordinary life
Clare Keegan’s short novel about an ordinary man and his journey towards an extraordinary action is totally absorbing . It is an exemplar of how the unexpe... READ MORE
John Adam

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