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Small Things Like These

Fiction, General Fiction
Paperback Published on: 03/11/2022
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Small Things Like These
A beautifully crafted gem of a novel
This small book about small things packs a big punch both politically and emotionally. Keegan manages to balance economy of language with richness of descr... READ MORE
Jack at Glasgow Argyle Street
Small Things Like These
Atmospheric, immersive & captivating. Keegan is yet to produce something that isn't brilliant!
1985, a small Irish Town, a man named Bill & a mysteriously sinister convent. Small things like these follows themes of community, religion, deliberate ... READ MORE
Ronnie, Bluewater Bookseller
Small Things Like These
I will devour anything Claire Keegan feeds me
How Claire manages to build such rich narratives in so few pages is astounding.
Beth
Small Things Like These
Small Things, Huge Talent
A Christmas-dusted slice-of-life set in 80s Ireland; it can be read in one sitting, following an ordinary delivery man who encounters a troubled young woma... READ MORE
Chris Bedford
Small Things Like These
110 perfect pages
There’s nothing much to say except that this book is devastatingly brilliant. Telling the story of the winter months in a 1980s Irish town, this book fo... READ MORE
Aaron Cawood
Small Things Like These
Thought Provoking
Thought provoking seems a mild phrase compared to how this book actually made me feel. First time reading anything by Claire Keegan and I was thoroughly ... READ MORE
Alpa
Small Things Like These
A lovely read
A lovely quick read that made me feel like I was peeping into someones life. As it was so short it didn't have time to go greatly in depth into some of t... READ MORE
Rhea
Small Things Like These
Moving and profound
This was a beautiful novel. Keegan's gentle style of writing and the simple short story was profound. Set in Ireland in the 1980s shortly before Christmas,... READ MORE
Rebecca at Tunbridge Wells
Small Things Like These
A Beautiful Christmas Tale
Short but sweet. This beautifully heartfelt tale about the choices we make and the selflessness of our actions is a perfect Christmas / Winter read
Daisy Wilkes
Small Things Like These
The most exquisite storyteller!
I cannot begin to even express how utterly beautiful this book is, I could not put it down. Keegan does not waste a single word in this small but mighty bo... READ MORE
Laionie Sarson
Small Things Like These
The most exquisite storyteller!
How is it possible to know so much with so little words? From the minute you turn the first page you are deeply rooted in the story unfolding. It takes jus... READ MORE
Laionie Sarson
Small Things Like These
Not A Word Out of Place
This is not a book to be rushed. It requires an unhurried, uninterrupted and close reading to fully appreciate. Keegan's writing is exceptional, appears ef... READ MORE
Aaron Myles
Small Things Like These
Read in a sitting, remember forever
I don't know what to say that hasn't already been said in the many reviews already here....so simply ...please read this book. Beautifully written it ev... READ MORE
Ginny, Enfield
Small Things Like These
“He found himself asking was there any point in being alive without helping one another?”
I read Small Things Like These on Boxing Day. Having wanted something with a Christmas feel without the overtly cheery nature. Small Things Like These was ... READ MORE
Lottie
Small Things Like These
Unforgettable - the best book I read all year
Keegan is a remarkable storyteller, so deliberately concise that her prose allows us nowhere to hide from the reality of her setting. I was left reelin... READ MORE
Rachel Carr
Small Things Like These
Keegan proves that there is beauty in the ordinary, you just have to look for it.
This was so lovely, particularly to read in the run up to Christmas. I devoured it in a single sitting and it was just such a pleasant experience. Due to i... READ MORE
Hattie - Hitchin

Synopsis

Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month for November 2022 Shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2022 Winner of the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2022 Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2022 The new novel from the internationally bestselling author of Foster, Antarctica and Walk the Blue Fields. It is 1985, in an Irish town. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Bill Furlong, a coal and timber merchant, faces into his busiest season. As he does the rounds, he feels the past rising up to meet him - and encounters the complicit silences of a people controlled by the Church. The long-awaited new work from the author of Foster, Small Things Like These is an unforgettable story of hope, quiet heroism and tenderness.

  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 9780571368709
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Weight: 149g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 9 mm

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Small Things Like These
Simply Sublime Storytelling
This was an effortless but deeply rewarding read. Character, themes and story here are so intrinsically linked, and the whole piece so elegantly structured... READ MORE
Steve at Trafalgar Square
Small Things Like These
Beautiful and lyrical
Beautiful and lyrical set in a small community in Ireland in the mid 80's and having as its central theme the Magdalene Laundries which were an institution... READ MORE
Rob
Small Things Like These
So powerful
The story of Bill Furlong and his family. His everyday life seems deceptively simple and straightforward but soon we learn of the depth of his honesty an... READ MORE
Karen Preece
Small Things Like These
Claire Keegan- Small Things Like These.
Fast paced and highly readable. The story of a man who but for the grace of God and Mrs Wilson, would have been born, adopted out or died in one of these ... READ MORE
Monica Grudgings
Small Things Like These
Courage in an ordinary life
Clare Keegan’s short novel about an ordinary man and his journey towards an extraordinary action is totally absorbing . It is an exemplar of how the unexpe... READ MORE
John Adam
Small Things Like These
Short novel set in WEXFORD
Small Things Like These is set in the run up to Christmas 1985, in the fictional town of New Ross, County Wexford. It is a harsh Winter and many people are... READ MORE
TripFiction
Small Things Like These
Exquisite. A beautiful and heart-rending read
The brevity of this book belies its strength. I was immediately drawn into the bitter cold of a small Irish town in the weeks before Christmas and the dai... READ MORE
Sandra
Small Things Like These
Beautiful
What a gorgeous, moving, emotional, and quaint little book. I loved it.
Abe Deshotel
Small Things Like These
A stunning book of the year
Beautifully and simply written, this is perfect. It might be short but it says everything needed in such a concise and moving way. This is one of the few b... READ MORE
David Simms
Small Things Like These
Small things like these
Amazing!
christina
Small Things Like These
Small but perfectly formed
This little Irish story grips your heart so tightly , it makes you want to cry . There ‘s pain and there’s kindness. The right thing to do and the wrong th... READ MORE
Elizabeth Jones
Small Things Like These
Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan
Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan is a short but powerful story by the author about the Magdalene Laundries. Bill Furlong is the local coal merchan... READ MORE
Christine Rennie
Small Things Like These
Gold
Everything included in this short compact book where not a word is wasted. Beautifully written story, emotional, intrigue, believability, good characters,... READ MORE
Zoe Acheson
Small Things Like These
Heartbreaking and beautiful
This story sears itself onto your heart, despite its brevity, and leaves you with more than you started it with. Keegan is a master storyteller. To be able... READ MORE
Alexandra Hamilton