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This Is Happiness
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The most enchanting novel you'll read this year, from the acclaimed author of Man Booker-longlisted History of the Rain

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Niall Williams was born in Dublin in 1958. He is the author of the Man Booker-longlisted History of the Rain and eight other novels including Four Letters of Love, which is set to be a major motion picture. He lives in Kiltumper in County Clare, with his wife, Christine. niallwilliams.com

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Admirers of Niall Williams's Booker-longlisted History of the Rain will not be disappointed to learn that his latest novel is possibly even better ... What makes this so compelling and enjoyable is Williams's transparent love of his characters and delight in his setting -- Alexander Larman * Observer *
Charming is one word for Williams' prose. It is also life-affirming and written with a turn of phrase that makes the reader want to underline something on every page. I suggest we all buy his books, pushing him into that realm of globally fashionable Irish writers, but more importantly, sharing with a vast audience his humane and poetic world view -- Isabel Berwick * Financial Times *
Williams has the eye of a poet and the raconteur's knack for finding a tale in the most unpromising nook of everyday life, as a now-adult Noel, summoning the Faha of his nostalgic imagination, narrates an elegiac novel that's careful always to offset the antic rural eccentricity with darker notes of loss * Daily Mail *
This is Happiness returns to the beguiling gloom of Faha ... [A] wise and redemptive novel ... It dares, in addition, to be wildly comic ... With his silver ear for speech and extreme attentiveness to the Heaneyesque "music of everyday", Mr Williams treads softly on the dreams of youth and memories of old age -- Caroline Jackson * Country Life *
A surge of language, beautiful and enchanting, a novel that weaves a love of literature into its own moving tale -- Praise for 'History of the Rain' * Guardian *
Extremely moving, poignantly capturing Ruth's doomed childhood relationship with her twin brother. By the final chapter I was weeping -- Praise for 'History of the Rain' * Sunday Times *
Deeply allusive, infectiously hopeful ... Somewhere between bildungsroman, epic and family saga, History of the Rain is an unashamedly unfashionable, lyrical paean to the pleasure of reading and to serendipity -- Praise for 'History of the Rain' * Daily Telegraph *
A delicate and graceful love story that is also an exaltation of love itself . . . A luminously written, magical work of fiction -- Praise for 'Four Letters of Love' * New York Times Book Review *

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