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On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry

On Canaan's Side

Sebastian Barry

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Shortlisted for the Galaxy International Author of the Year Award 2011.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011.

August 2011 Book of the Month.

Getting a copy of a new novel from award-winning Sebastian Barry in the office is always a treat and his latest is simply superb. Spanning nearly seven decades, it is a devastating and beautiful novel of memory, war, family-ties and love, which once again displays Sebastian Barry's exquisite prose and gift for storytelling.

If you like Sebastian Barry you might also like to read books by John Banville, Stefan Zweig and Joe Abercrombie.


On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry

'As they used to say in Ireland, the devil only comes into good things.' Narrated by Lilly Bere, On Canaan's Side opens as she mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill. The story then goes back to the moment she was forced to flee Dublin, at the end of the First World War, and follows her life through into the new world of America, a world filled with both hope and danger.


‘It is a joy to live in Barry’s beautiful prose and the world of his tender and poignant characters.’ Joan Bakewell

'One of the most moving stories I'd stumbled across for many a year - full of passion without sentimentality and genuinely uplifting. he writes like an angel.' James Naughtie

About the Author

Sebastian Barry

Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. His plays include The Steward of Christendom and The Pride of Parnell Street and his novels include The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty, Annie Dunne, A Long Long Way and The Secret Scripture. A Long Long Way was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Dublin International Impac Prize, and was the Dublin: One City One Book for 2007. The Secret Scripture won the Costa Book of the Year award, the Irish Book Awards Best Novel, the Independent Booksellers Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He lives in Wicklow with his wife and three children.

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Publication date

4th August 2011


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Faber and Faber


272 pages


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