An evening with Hannah Kent at Booka Bookshop

An evening with Hannah Kent at Booka Bookshop
  • Booka Bookshop, Booka Bookshop, 26 - 28 Church St, Oswestry, SY11 2SP
    Booka Bookshop
    Booka Bookshop 26 - 28 Church St Oswestry, SY11 2SP UNITED KINGDOM
  • 15/02/2017 19:30 - 15/02/2017 19:30

Join us for an evening in the company of the bestselling author of Burial Rites, Hannah Kent, as she returns to Booka to talk about her highly anticipated new novel, The Good People. County Kerry, Ireland, 1825. Three women are brought together by strange and troubling events. NORA, bereft after the sudden death of her beloved husband, finds herself alone and caring for her young grandson Micheal. Micheal cannot speak and cannot walk and Nora 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 Nora just as the whispers are spreading: the stories of unexplained misfortunes, of illnesses, and the rumours that Micheal 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 Micheal. As these three women are drawn together in the hope of restoring Micheal, 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. Hannah Kent discovered an account of a crime committed in pre-famine County Kerry which she couldn’t forget. The crime and the accused were steeped in 19th Century folk culture, and the details were shocking. To imagine how the events unfolded, Hannah immersed herself in the lore and landscape of rural Ireland, and the lives of Nora, Mary and Nance. Based on true events and set in a lost world bound by its own laws, The Good People is a startling 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. We are delighted to welcome Hannah back to Booka when she visits the UK this February.

About Hannah Kent

Hannah Kent was born in Adelaide in 1985. She is the co-founder and publishing director of Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings. In 2011 she won the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award. She is the author of Burial Rites and The Good People.