'A single one of Keegan's grounded, powerful sentences can contain volumes of social history. Every word is the right word in the right place, and the effect is resonant and deeply moving.'
– Hilary Mantel
'A haunting, hopeful masterpiece'.
– Sinéad Gleeson
'Astonishing ... Claire Keegan makes her moments real – and then makes them matter.'
– Colm Tóibín
'A moral tale that is unsentimental and deeply affecting, because true and right.'
– Andrew O'Hagan
Some of the responses to Claire Keegan's new book. Today on Books for Breakfast, in an extended and wide-ranging interview, Claire talks to us about and reads from Small Things Like These.
Intro/outro music: Colm Mac Con Iomaire, ‘Thou Shalt Not Carry’ from The Hare’s Corner, 2008, with thanks to Colm for permission to use it.
Artwork by Freya Sirr
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