A Book of the Year in The Times and The New Statesman
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.
'A genuine once-in-a-generation writer.' The Times
'[A] snowglobe of a story that fits a whole bustling, striving, yearning world into 114 finely wrought pages.' Sunday Times
'Powerful and affecting and very timely . . . deeply moving.' Hilary Mantel
'Stunning . . . A haunting, hopeful masterpiece.' Sinead Gleeson
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