“You will never forget this novel, because from the first sentence, the story comes alive, and the characters reach out for us from the pages. A young Irish girl narrates her experience of going to live with an unfamiliar couple on a farm. It's a story about childhood, told with such beauty and with such respect for the growing heart of its main character, that I consider it to be one of the best books ever written. In other words, I would take a bullet for this book.”

Foster by Claire Keegan, Faber & Faber

ABOUT SIMON VAN BOOY: Simon Van Booy was born in London and grew up in rural Wales and the suburbs of London. He is the author of two novels, The Illusion of Separateness and Everything Beautiful Began After, and two collections of short stories, including The Secret Lives of People in Love, and Love Begins in Winter, which won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award in 2009. He is the editor of three philosophy books and has written for the New York Times, the Guardian, and the BBC. His work has been translated into fourteen languages. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.