• Small Things Like These

  • By: Claire Keegan
  • Narrated by: Aidan Kelly
  • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2022

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.

©2021 Claire Keegan (P)2021 Faber & Faber Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"This is a tale of courage and compassion, of good sons and vulnerable young mothers. Absolutely beautiful." (Douglas Stuart, author of Shuggie Bain - winner of the Booker Prize 2020)

"[Claire Keegan] creates luminous effects with spare material, so every line seems to be a lesson in the perfect deployment of both style and emotion." (Hilary Mantel)

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Stunned again

A world of trouble does in fact face all those who act bravely and those who do not. The novelist strikes vivid fear in all of us who have seen small things like these and acted one way or the other. Spellbinding story. The scene between the Mother Superior and the main character is so full of restrained malevolence, I could hardly breathe. Sadly, so many of us have faced such people amongst us. Powerful people - and we lose all agency. Read this.

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  • marianna c.
  • 10-29-21

At last!! A novel by Claire Keegan :)

I've waited ages for this, and I listened in one go. However, I am left with the feeling that I should have bought the paper copy and 'consumed' the story the usual way I've done with CK's shorter works. I think the story would have made a bigger impact on me if I had.

This is essentially a story about the private goings-on inside a thoughtful man's head - hearing this all spoken aloud just doesn't seem right. Maybe some stories are best inhabited silently. If so, this is one of them.

Additionally and unfortunately, there are some issues with the audio which really didn't help - and the final chapter in particular could do with a proof listen for pick-ups 🥴



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  • Keith
  • 11-04-21

Stunning

This really is extraordinary. A novella of incredible penetration of a period in Ireland when we were lacking such a basic empathy towards some women and girls. She inhabits a small story within that lack of empathy and it is very stirring. Beautifully read too. Brilliant.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-21-21

if i could score this book 6 I would

this book will stay with you for ever, for so many different reasons. So cleverly written, a story that makes you want to find out more. this is my top read of 2021.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-18-22

too Short

loved it. Well written. was just settling in to the story when it came to an abrupt end. left ne wanting more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-10-22

Brilliant

Had me hooked beginning to end, a great story authentically told leaving one reminded, there's always hope

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  • MRS J
  • 08-22-22

Small Things…

This book lingers long after finishing. One is mindful of all the wonderful aspects of one’s life, the meaning of daily small pleasures….. it takes a small stretch to help and spread joy to others…… Jh

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  • Dee O'Sullivan
  • 07-28-22

Beautiful story well read.

Claire Keegan has written a perfectly formed short story, narrated wonderfully by Aidan Kelly. leaves you wanting more.

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  • judy tweddle
  • 06-01-22

delightful tale of gentle love

thankyou Clare for such an uplifting quiet book full of compassion and simple beauty. ❤️

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-02-22

beautiful

such a beautiful story, though short it is full of heart, will make you think and feel.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-11-22

Short but so sweet.

Beautifully narrated, compelling and such a sweet story. Would recommend and shall look for more by the same author.

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  • MarnieB
  • 05-12-22

Excellent

I came here because of “Foster” and enjoyed them both as much as each other. Claire Keegan is a very talented writer and the narrator did a wonderful job. I would recommend this book/recording easily.

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