Following up her highly awarded novel Burial Rites, Australian author Hannah Kent returns with The Good People. This time, she takes us to Ireland in the age where paganism is battling Christianity and superstition rules over the lives of a small village and a changeling boy. Thoroughly engrossing, darkly atmospheric and utterly convincing, this supernatural story is another tour de force. Hannah talks to Ashley Hay about the art of bringing place and time to life.

Hannah Kent (Australian)

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Hannah Kent’s debut novel, Burial Rites, was translated into 28 languages. It won the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, the Indie Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, The Guardian First Book Award, the Stella Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Hannah co-founded the Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings, where she is currently publishing director. Hannah’s second novel, The Good People, was published in 2016.

Ashley Hay (Australian)

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Ashley Hay's latest novel is A Hundred Small Lessons. Her earlier work has won accolades in Australia and abroad, most recently the 2016 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. She has been longlisted for awards including the Miles Franklin and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and shortlisted for awards including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Kibble. Her previous novel, The Railwayman's Wife, received the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies' Colin Roderick Award, and People's Choice at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. It was published in the UK, the US and in translation.