Best Book of the Year: The Good People by Hannah Kent

by |January 14, 2017

Here at Booktopia we’ve done the hard work for you. We’re read countless books this year, flicked over thousands of pages, and forgone sleep, all in search of the very best books published this year.

Over the past 2 weeks we’ve announced our best books of the year, everything from our best Popular, Literary and Historical fiction, our best Food & Drink and Lifestyle books, our best Crime, Speculative Fiction and Romance, and our best non-fiction which includes Bios, History and Trailblazing Non-Fiction.

Now, we announce our Best Book of 2016. The book we can’t stop re-reading, can’t stop bragging about. Have a read of it yourself and tell us what you think!


Best Book of 2016


The Good People
by Hannah Kent

Nóra Leahy has lost her daughter and her husband in the same year, and is now burdened with the care of her four-year-old grandson, Micheál. The boy cannot walk, or speak, and Nora, mistrustful of the tongues of gossips, has kept the child hidden from those who might see in his deformity evidence of otherworldly interference.

Unable to care for the child alone, Nóra hires a fourteen-year-old servant girl, Mary, who soon hears the whispers in the valley about the blasted creature causing grief to fall upon the widow’s house.

Alone, hedged in by rumour, Mary and her mistress seek out the only person in the valley who might be able to help Micheál. For although her neighbours are wary of her, it is said that old Nance Roche has the knowledge. That she consorts with Them, the Good People. And that only she can return those whom they have taken… Learn more.


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The Good Peopleby Hannah Kent

The Good People

by Hannah Kent

Nóra Leahy has lost her daughter and her husband in the same year, and is now burdened with the care of her four-year-old grandson, Micheál. The boy cannot walk, or speak, and Nora, mistrustful of the tongues of gossips, has kept the child hidden from those who might see in his deformity evidence of otherworldly interference.

Unable to care for the child alone, Nóra hires a fourteen-year-old servant girl, Mary, who soon hears the whispers in the valley about the blasted creature causing grief to fall upon the widow's house...

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  • Brenda Harrington

    December 28, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    This book theoretically ticked all the boxes, but it actually did nothing for me and so I will not be buying a future book by this author.

  • Jodie

    December 28, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    I have just read it and totally agree! It’s a fabulous story.

  • K.P.

    January 7, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Totally engrossing read, with the most evocative writing. I felt transported back to 1820s Ireland.

  • Julia Timson

    January 7, 2017 at 10:38 am

    I have just finished reading “The Good People” by Hannah Kent. It was a very enjoyable read. This book was far more upbeat than Hannah’s previous book and the twist at the end so unexpected.

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