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The Good People

by Hannah Kent

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From the bestselling author of the multi-award-winning Burial Rites, with new novel Devotion coming soon.

"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 entrée 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."

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 ...

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781760550868
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pub Date: 29/08/2017
  • Category: Fiction & related items / Historical fiction
    Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
  • Imprint: Picador Australia
  • Pages: 400
  • Price: $22.99

From the bestselling author of the multi-award-winning Burial Rites, with new novel Devotion coming soon.

"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 entrée 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."

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 ...

Awards

Short-listed for Indie Book Awards 2017Short-listed for Indie Book Awards 2017.

Short-listed for Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017Short-listed for Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017.

Short-listed for ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2017Short-listed for ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2017.

Author Information

Hannah Kent is the co-founder of Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings. In 2011, she won the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award for her debut novel, Burial Rites. Since its publication in 2013, Burial Rites has been translated into nearly thirty languages and has received numerous awards and nominations.

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AUTHOR EVENTS

26 August 2022

Best-selling author Hannah Kent explores the lyricism of nature and complexities of love in a historical landscape with Susan Wyndham.

4:15 PM

Elements of Byron
Elements of Byron 144 Bayshore Drive Byron Bay NSW 2481 Website



27 August 2022

The migration experience is at the core of our national story. How does radical hope influence decisions to migrate and the perseverance of those who do against enormous odds? Panellists: Emily Brugman,Yumna Kassab, Hannah Kent Chair Sunil Badami

10:15 AM

Elements of Byron
Elements of Byron 144 Bayshore Dr Byron Bay NSW 2481 Website



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