2022 Political Fiction Book prize winner

   Political Fiction book prize winner  

Small Things Like These

Claire Keegan

Published by: Faber

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.

Adam Roberts, Chair of The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2022, commented:

The focus of this novella is close, precise and unwavering: a beautifully written evocation of Ireland in the 1980s, precisely rendered; of a good man and his ordinary life; and of the decision he makes that unlocks major, present questions about social care, women's lives and collective morality. The very tightness of focus, and Keegan's marvellous control of her instrument as a writer, makes for a story at once intensely particular and powerfully resonant."