The Good People

Hannah Kent

07 September 2017
400 pages


**Devotion, the new novel from Hannah Kent, is out now!**
'Exquisite' – Daily Mail
Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize

One woman's mercy is another's murder . . .

Ireland, 1825. Nóra, bereft after the sudden death of her husband, finds herself alone and caring for her young grandson Micheál. Micheál cannot speak or walk and Nóra is desperate to know what is wrong with him. What happened to the healthy, happy grandson she met when her daughter was still alive?

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

'A starkly realised tale of love, grief and misconceived beliefs' – Sunday Times

'An imaginative tour de force . . . exquisite' – Daily Mail

Exceptional . . . The Good People is an even better novel than Burial Ritesa starkly realised tale of love, grief and misconceived beliefs
Lyrical and unsettling . . . A literary novel with the pace and tension of a thriller . . . I am in awe of Kent's gifts as a storyteller.
An imaginative tour-de-force that recreates a way of perceiving the world with extraordinary vividness . . . With its exquisite prose, this harrowing, haunting narrative of love and suffering is sure to be a prize-winner