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Publisher's Summary

Inspired by a true story.
In 1825, in a remote Irish valley lying between the mountains and Flesk River of Killarney, three women are brought together by strange and troubling events.
Nora Leahy, a widow, has lost her daughter and her husband in the same year and is now burdened with the care of her grandson, Michael. The boy cannot walk or speak, and Nora has kept him hidden from neighbours, who might see in his deformity evidence of supernatural interference. There is rumour that Michael is a changeling, a 'fairy stock', and the cause of the ill luck that swarms the valley.
Down by the river, an old woman known as Nance Roche lives alone, acting as a doctress to the community, a person said to possess knowledge from the Good People that enables her to cure inexplicable ills. With the arrival of a new priest and his determination to cleanse the valley of superstitious practices, the purity of Nance's actions is called into question.
As misfortune begins to befall Nance's patients and her need to assert her importance to the community intensifies, Nora Leahy brings Michael to be cured. The women begin to banish the changeling and restore the healthy child, but as their desperation increases, their folkloric practices become more dangerous - until all their lives are in danger.
©2016 Hannah Kent (P)2016 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Kent offers a wealth of engaging detail...always a sign that an author has a deep and sympathetic knowledge of her subject." (The Independent)
"Hannah Kent’s prose is extraordinarily terse and precise." (Thomas Keneally, winner of the Booker Prize)
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By onethousandyears on 10-27-16

A fairy story for grown-ups!

I was looking forward to reading The Good People as I loved Hannah Kemp's first book, which I also listened to on audible, and I wasn't disappointed. The author is so talented at building a whole different land in your head, and this is really helped along by listening to the mesmerising accent of the reader.
The story is well-crafted, and fascinating, it had me on the lookout for faeries! Sometimes the unfolding of the story seemed repetitive, but it was probably part of the build-up of the tale. I never could have picked the ending.
Hannah Kent I such a fresh and engrossing author, she really gets my brain and my senses humming.

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By Graeme on 10-05-17


I very much enjoyed the story. I couldn't stop listening and loved the voice of the reader.
It was an interesting subject and lead me to research more on the traditions and myths.

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