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The Good People - Hannah Kent

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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."

Nóra 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, Micheál. 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, Nóra 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 Micheál. 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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The Good People
 
4.2

(based on 18 reviews)

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81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Well written (15)
  • Engaging characters (12)
  • Easy to read (10)
  • Page-turner (10)
  • Informative (9)

Cons

  • A bit slow (3)

Best Uses

  • Gift (9)
  • Older readers (6)
  • Travel reading (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Everyday reader (7), Bookworm (6), Casual reader (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Enthralling, beautifully written

I picked this up after hearing the author talk on Richard Fidlers conversations (a podcast). The book did not disappoint and I truly cannot put it down. I haven't felt so compelled to...Read complete review

I picked this up after hearing the author talk on Richard Fidlers conversations (a podcast). The book did not disappoint and I truly cannot put it down. I haven't felt so compelled to read a book in years. A delight.

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not as good as Burial Rites.

had trouble engaging with characters. found the superstition a tad tedious. ditto the religious control.
it made me want to scream with frustration quite honestly. the saving grace is the quality...Read complete review

had trouble engaging with characters. found the superstition a tad tedious. ditto the religious control.
it made me want to scream with frustration quite honestly. the saving grace is the quality of the writing,
Its just that i couldn't connect with the story.

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5.0

I loved the book. Great Author.

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from Perth Western Australia

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Pros

  • Engaging characters

Cons

  • A Bit Slow

Best Uses

  • Gift
  • Older Readers
  • Travel Reading

Comments about The Good People:

Great bookclub read.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not My Cup Of Herbal Tea

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from Melbourne, Australia

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Comments about The Good People:

Threadbare characterisation, misapplied usage of seemingly randomly gathered bits of old Irish peasant customs and beliefs and ridiculously exaggerated 'colloquial' speech. I prefer to read Charles Kickham's once famous book 'Knocknagow' for a more authentic account of Irish peasant life before the Famine.

 
5.0

Different, refreshing, and informative of a different era.

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from Newcastle, NSW

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Pros

  • Engaging characters
  • Informative
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Older Readers

    Comments about The Good People:

    I loved learning about that time period and the beliefs and ways of people of that time. The story is engaging and well written.

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    5.0

    Better than Burial rights!

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    from Adelaide, South Australia

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    Pros

    • Easy To Read
    • Page-Turner
    • Well Written

    Cons

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        Comments about The Good People:

        I loved Burial Rights but this one is even better. The characters are well developed and the story line is brisk. There wasn't the difficulty with the language barrier presented by Burial Rights. I just wish that Hannah could put in some foot notes or more references or explanations to some of the Gaelic language she uses. Couldn't put it down.

         
        2.0

        Well researched

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        from South Coast NSW

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        Pros

        • Easy To Read
        • Well Written

        Cons

        • Disappointing

        Best Uses

          Comments about The Good People:

          Well written well researched but I felt there was little character development. Have passed on to a friend and looking forward to discussing. Lots of folk lore not much story.

           
          4.0

          This was a gift to my daughter she loved the book

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          from Australia

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          Pros

          • Well Written

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gift

            Comments about The Good People:

            Sometimes author repeated pieces of the story

             
            3.0

            not as good as Burial Rites.

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            from northern new south wales

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            Pros

            • Easy To Read
            • Informative
            • Well Written

            Cons

            • A Bit Slow
            • Disappointing

            Best Uses

            • Travel Reading

            Comments about The Good People:

            had trouble engaging with characters. found the superstition a tad tedious. ditto the religious control.
            it made me want to scream with frustration quite honestly. the saving grace is the quality of the writing,
            Its just that i couldn't connect with the story.

             
            5.0

            Excellent Gift

            By 

            from Australia

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            Pros

            • Easy To Read
            • Engaging characters
            • Page-Turner

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gift

              Comments about The Good People:

              Actually purchased this as a gift for my mother, she completed in less than a week. She said not able to put down once started. Very enjoyable.

               
              4.0

              Not Burial Rites but still a wonderful read

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              from Sydney

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              Pros

              • Easy To Read
              • Engaging characters
              • Informative
              • Well Written

              Cons

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                  Comments about The Good People:

                  I do love Hannah Kent's writing. The more books I read, the more I'm appreciating good writing and Hannah's is right up there. I really loved Burial Rites and it was always going to be hard to top that story. The Good People is certainly an interesting story and beautifully told but it just didn't grab me quite as much as Burial Rites did. I would still recommend it to people as it's definitely worth a read. A couple of days ago a stranger saw me reading it and came over to ask what I thought as she was about to start it. People have been looking forward to this offering and won't be disappointed.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  A book that holds your attention from beginning to end.

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Read
                  • Engaging characters
                  • Informative
                  • Page-Turner
                  • Well Written

                  Cons

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                      Comments about The Good People:

                      There were a few pages in the middle that slowed the story a little but the book as a whole is a masterpiece of storytelling which has the advantage of being based in truth. I hope ms Kent can keep it up. Congratulations to her.

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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: 9781743534908
                      ISBN-10: 1743534906
                      Audience: General
                      Format: Paperback
                      Language: English
                      Number Of Pages: 400
                      Published: 27th September 2016
                      Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
                      Country of Publication: AU
                      Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4  x 3.0
                      Weight (kg): 0.3