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The Good People - Hannah Kent

The Good People - Hannah Kent

Title: The Good People

Author:  Hannah Kent

ISBN:  9781447233350

Weight:  779 g

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The Good People by Hannah Kent

County Kerry, Ireland, 1825.

Nóra, 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.

Mary arrives in the valley to help Nóra just as the whispers are spreading: the stories of unexplained misfortunes, of illnesses, and the rumours that Micheál is a changeling child who is bringing bad luck to the valley.

Nance’s knowledge keeps her apart.  To the new priest, she is a threat, but to the valley people she is a wanderer, a healer.  Nance knows how to use the plants and berries of the woodland; she understands the magic in the old ways.  And she might be able to help Micheál.

As these three women are drawn together in the hope of restoring Micheál, their world of folklore and belief, of ritual and stories, tightens around them.  It will lead them down a dangerous path, and force them to question everything they have ever known.

Based on true events and set in a lost world bound by its own laws, The Good People is Hannah Kent’s startling new novel about absolute belief and devoted love.  Terrifying, thrilling and moving in equal measure, this long-awaited follow-up to Burial Rites shows an author at the height of her powers.

Peer & Press Reviews

The Good People is, like Burial Rites, a thoroughly engrossing entrée into the macabre nature of a vanished society, its virtues and its follies and its lethal impulses.  The Good People takes us straight to a place utterly unexpected and believable, where amidst the earnest mayhem people impose on each other, there is no patronizing quaintness, but a compelling sense of the inevitability of solemn horrors.

Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler’s Ark

Kent conjures up with exceptional intensity and empathy a world in which folk beliefs hold as much sway over people’s minds as religious faith…  It would have been all too easy to present this story as a conflict between rational enlightenment and peasant superstition, but the main strength of Kent’s narrative is that it avoids such a simple dichotomy.  ‘I have told you my truth,’ Nance tells the court during the trial scenes that provide the book’s climax.  Such is the power of Kent’s imaginative sympathy with her characters that this becomes not merely the mantra of a deluded old woman, but a moving statement of her continuing faith in her own vision of the way the world works…  The Good People is an even better novel than Burial Rites – a starkly realised tale of love, grief and misconceived beliefs

Sunday Times

Lyrical and unsettling, The Good People is a vivid account of the contradictions of life in rural Ireland in the 19th century.  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

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Burial Rites
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition features: A feature of this edition is that the pages look as if they have a deckle (or uncut) edge, i.e. naturally rough and uneven.  This decorative effect apes the look of a book printed during the period in which the story is set (1820s).
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017 – shortlist
Book Stats
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Imprint: Picador
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9781447233350
ISBN 10: 1447233352
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 380
Size (h x w x d): 223 x 146 x 38mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Lauren Bamford
Jacket design: Rachel Vale, Pan Macmillan Art Department
Jacket image: Getty Images
Internal text design: Sandy Cull
Cartography: Pan Macmillan, Australia

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