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The Good People - Hannah Kent

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Published: 27th September 2016
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From the bestselling author of the multi-award-winning Burial Rites

"Lyrical and unsettling ... A literary novel with the pace and tension of a thriller, Hannah Kent takes us on a frightening journey towards an unspeakable tragedy. I am in awe of Kent's gifts as a storyteller." Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

"A thoroughly engrossing entree into the macabre nature of a vanished society, its virtues and its follies and its lethal impulses." Thomas Keneally, winner of the Booker Prize

"Hannah Kent's much-anticipated second novel is a thoroughly atmospheric and involving read" Books and Publishing

The fires on the hills smouldered orange as the women left, pockets charged with ashes to guard them from the night. Watching them fade into the grey fall of snow, Nance thought she could hear Maggie's voice. A whisper in the dark.

"Some folk are born different, Nance. They are born on the outside of things, with a skin a little thinner, eyes a little keener to what goes unnoticed by most. Their hearts swallow more blood than ordinary hearts; the river runs differently for them."

Nora Leahy has lost her daughter and her husband in the same year, and is now burdened with the care of her four-year-old grandson, Micheal. The boy cannot walk, or speak, and Nora, mistrustful of the tongues of gossips, has kept the child hidden from those who might see in his deformity evidence of otherworldly interference.

Unable to care for the child alone, Nora hires a fourteen-year-old servant girl, Mary, who soon hears the whispers in the valley about the blasted creature causing grief to fall upon the widow's house.

Alone, hedged in by rumour, Mary and her mistress seek out the only person in the valley who might be able to help Micheal. For although her neighbours are wary of her, it is said that old Nance Roche has the knowledge. That she consorts with Them, the Good People. And that only she can return those whom they have taken ...

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A long short story

2

I believe this author's first book was very good, but this one didn't engage me. To me, there didn't seem any point in rehashing the tough and superstitious life of early nineteenth century Ireland. The only reason I read it to the end was because it was a book club choice.

Perth WAustralia

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A slow and boring read

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i say it again BOOOOORING

Australia

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A bit too slow and repetetive for me.

3

I wanted them to hasten in getting the child to Nance, rather than let it suffer. Many chapters later, they did. Quite depressing and I didn't feel like I learned anything. The weather and countryside were indeed well described, but so that you would never want to go there!

Canberra, Australia

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No hassles easy process

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Hannah Kent

Hannah Kent is a Melbourne-based writer, born in Adelaide in 1985. Her first novel, Burial Rites, has been translated into over twenty languages and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) and the Guardian First Book Award. It won the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, the Indie Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year and the Victorian Premier's People's Choice Award, and has most recently been longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Her second novel, The Good People, is set in pre-famine rural Ireland.

Hannah is also the co-founder and publishing director of Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings.

Visit Hannah Kent's Booktopia Author Page


ISBN: 9781925483789
ISBN-10: 1925483789
Audience: General
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 27th September 2016
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia