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Small Things Like These

(2021)
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Awards
2022 Booker Prize (shortlist)
2022 HWA Gold Crown Award (shortlist)
2022 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction
2022 The Writers' Prize for Fiction (nominee)

Shortlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize

One of the New York Times's 100 Best Books of the 21st Century 



"A hypnotic and electrifying Irish tale that transcends country, transcends time." —Lily King, New York Times bestselling author of Writers & Lovers



Small Things Like These is award-winning author Claire Keegan's landmark new novel, a tale of one man's courage and a remarkable portrait of love and family



It is 1985 in a small Irish town. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Bill Furlong, a coal merchant and family man faces into his busiest season. Early one morning, while delivering an order to the local convent, Bill makes a discovery which forces him to confront both his past and the complicit silences of a town controlled by the church.



An international bestseller, Small Things Like These is a deeply affecting story of hope, quiet heroism, and empathy from one of our most critically lauded and iconic writers.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A story that reached so deep I felt the characters moving around inside me. This unforgettable novel is a literary masterpiece and Claire Keegan is one of the world's greatest living writers." - Simon Van Booy

"Small Things Like These is a hypnotic and electrifying Irish tale that transcends country, transcends time. Claire Keegan’s sentences make my heart pound and my knees buckle and I will always read everything she writes." - Lily King

"Small Things Like These is not just about Ireland, it’s about the world, and it asks profound questions about complicity, about the hope and difficulty of change, and the complex nature of restitution… A single one of Keegan’s grounded, powerful sentences can contain volumes of social history. Every word is the right word in the right place, and the effect is resonant and deeply moving." - Hilary Mantel

"Marvellous — exact and icy and loving all at once." - Sarah Moss

"A true gift of a book… Reading it brings a sublime Chekhovian shock." - Andrew O'Hagan

"A book that makes you excited to discover everything its author has ever written… Absolutely beautiful." - Douglas Stuart

"In Small Things Like These, Claire Keegan creates scenes with astonishing clarity and lucidity. This is the story of what happened in Ireland, told with sympathy and emotional accuracy. From winter skies to the tiniest tick of speech to the baking of a Christmas cake, Claire Keegan makes her moments real—and then she makes them matter." - Colm Tóibín


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