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‘The Good People’ Coming to the Big Screen!

‘The Good People’ Coming to the Big Screen!
‘The Good People’ Coming to the Big Screen!

Exciting news was announced this week, with the film rights to Hannah Kent’s The Good People being optioned to Australian production company Aquarius Films!

 

The Good People was one of my favourite books of 2016! Set in 1800’s rural Ireland, this is a story of traditional fairylore colliding with early Catholicism; a story of superstition and steadfast belief; and a story of the power of fear, and the power of love.

Hannah Kent is undoubtably a wonderful storyteller. With rich, evocative prose and compelling characters, her stories carry with them an incredible sense of time and place.

I simply cannot wait to see The Good People brought to life!

Below is an excerpt of my review of The Good People, followed by that for Kent’s debut novel, Burial Rites, another five star read that would make wonderful cinematic viewing! Please follow the links for the full reviews!

The Good People by Hannah Kent book review

The year is 1825 and rural Ireland is slowing facing change. With those in the cities having long forgotten their traditional belief systems and living in more modern ways, they describe their rural counterparts as superstitious, delusional, ignorant. But for villagers in the remote regions, they simply don’t know any other way. This is just the way; the way things have always been. Herbs, rituals, remedies, curses. And the way of the Good People.

Nance has the knowledge of the Good People. Nance of the Fairies, some call her. She understands their ways, and can cure those ills brought on by Their tricks, when the doctor or the Priest can’t help. It is said that she has gone with Them, and from them she has the knowledge to return someone who had been swept, taken by Them. Nance has made the valley her home for twenty years and, although not loved or always trusted, she has been accepted.

Trouble comes to the valley when Nóra’s husband, Martin, dies unexpectedly at the crossroads, an ominous sign. The sky changes, four magpies sit together in a field, lights are seen at the Piper’s Grave, where the fairies do be. The people are unsettled and, with Nóra having had already lost her daughter that same year, the signs were pointing to a third death.

Continue reading my five star review of The Good People here!

 

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent book review

Burial Rites is the fictionalised account of the final year of Agnes Magnúsdóttir’s life. Agnes, in the early nineteenth century, was the last person to be publicly beheaded in Iceland.

We follow Agnes through this time, as she is awaiting her execution living with a family on a remote farm in the northern part of the country. We come to know and understand Agnes as she tries to move forwards, despite knowing what fate awaits her. We learn about her past as she reflects through her inner monologues, and as she shares her stories with the young Assistant Reverend Tóti, who has been charged with her spiritual guidance and comfort.

In the meantime Margrét, the farmer’s wife, is desperately working to protect her two young daughters from the murderess, who she has been forced to house.

Continue reading my five star review of Burial Rites here!

 

Have you read The Good People and are excited to see it on film? I would also love to see Burial Rites adapted next. Do you agree? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

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Hi! I'm Julia, a lifelong reader, an aspiring writer, medical doctor, and now book blogger, from Queensland, Australia! Go to 'About Read and Live Well' to learn more!

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