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Sebastian Barry - Author

About the Author

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.


Photo credit: ©Alan Betson, The Irish Times

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A Thousand Moons

A Thousand Moons

Author: Sebastian Barry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

Even when you come out of bloodshed and disaster in the end you have got to learn to live. Winona is a young Lakota orphan adopted by former soldiers Thomas McNulty and John Cole. Living with Thomas and John on the farm they work in 1870s Tennessee, she is educated and loved, forging a life for herself beyond the violence and dispossession of her past. But the fragile harmony of her unlikely family unit, in the aftermath of the Civil War, is soon threatened by a further traumatic event, one which Winona struggles to confront, let alone understand. Told in Sebastian Barry's rare and masterly prose, A Thousand Moons is a powerful, moving study of one woman's journey, of her determination to write her own future, and of the enduring human capacity for love.

A Thousand Moons

A Thousand Moons

Author: Sebastian Barry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/03/2020

From the Costa Book of the Year-winning author of Days Without End Even when you come out of bloodshed and disaster in the end you have got to learn to live. Winona is a young Lakota orphan adopted by former soldiers Thomas McNulty and John Cole. Living with Thomas and John on the farm they work in 1870s Tennessee, she is educated and loved, forging a life for herself beyond the violence and dispossession of her past. But the fragile harmony of her unlikely family unit, in the aftermath of the Civil War, is soon threatened by a further traumatic event, one which Winona struggles to confront, let alone understand. Told in Sebastian Barry's rare and masterly prose, A Thousand Moons is a powerful, moving study of one woman's journey, of her determination to write her own future, and of the enduring human capacity for love. 'Nobody writes like, nobody takes lyrical risks like, nobody pushes the language, and the heart, and the two together, quite like Sebastian Barry does.' ALI SMITH

A Thousand Moons

A Thousand Moons

Author: Sebastian Barry Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/03/2020

From the Costa Book of the Year-winning author of Days Without End Even when you come out of bloodshed and disaster in the end you have got to learn to live. Winona is a young Lakota orphan adopted by former soldiers Thomas McNulty and John Cole. Living with Thomas and John on the farm they work in 1870s Tennessee, she is educated and loved, forging a life for herself beyond the violence and dispossession of her past. But the fragile harmony of her unlikely family unit, in the aftermath of the Civil War, is soon threatened by a further traumatic event, one which Winona struggles to confront, let alone understand. Told in Sebastian Barry's rare and masterly prose, A Thousand Moons is a powerful, moving study of one woman's journey, of her determination to write her own future, and of the enduring human capacity for love. 'Nobody writes like, nobody takes lyrical risks like, nobody pushes the language, and the heart, and the two together, quite like Sebastian Barry does.' ALI SMITH

Days Without End

Days Without End

Author: Sebastian Barry Format: eBook Release Date: 25/07/2018

Ot finalista Bukerovskoj premii, klassika sovremennoj prozy, kotorogo nazyvali "e;nesravnennym hronikerom zhizni, utrachennoj bezvozvratno"e; (Irish Independent), - "e;shedevr stilya i atmosfery, otchasti pohozhij na knigi Kormaka Makkarti"e; (Booklist), roman, poluchivshij prestizhnuyu premiyu Costa Award, ocherednoj ehpizod sagi o semejstve Maknalti. S Rozannoj Maknalti otechestvennyj chitatel' uzhe znakom po romanu "e;Skrizhali sud'by"e; (v 2017 godu ehkranizirovannomu shestikratnym nominantom "e;Oskara"e; Dzhimmi SHeridanom, roli ispolnili Runi Mara, Teo Dzhejms, EHrik Bana, Vanessa Redgrejv) - a teper' poznakom'tes' s Tomasom Maknalti. Semnadcatiletnim pokinuv ohvachennuyu golodom rodnuyu Irlandiyu, on okazyvaetsya v SSHA; emu pridetsya projti ispytanie vojnoj, razlukoj i nevozmozhnoj lyubov'yu, no on nikogda ne izmenit sebe, i ot pervoj do poslednej stranicy v nem "e;sochetayutsya p'yanyashchaya ostrota slova i sposobnost' izumlyat'sya miru"e; (The New York Times Book Review)Udivitel'noe i neozhidannoe chudo"e; - tak otozvalsya o "e;Beskonechnyh dnyah"e; Kadzuo Isiguro, laureat Bukerovskoj i Nobelevskoj premii.

Annie Dunne

Annie Dunne

Author: Sebastian Barry Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/03/2018

On Blueberry Hill

On Blueberry Hill

Author: Sebastian Barry Format: eBook Release Date: 26/10/2017

Now we've lived together in contentment, more or less, for nigh on twenty year. Like turtle doves. - In prison, I mean, for fuck's sake, the chances of that.PJ and Christy: sworn enemies destined to share one small room for twenty years. As the two men recall the joys and torments of life outside - the childhood excursions, a deadly brawl, past loves and summer dresses - slowly they uncover the tragic events that have lead them to their cell in Montjoy. A play that explores our capacity to commit the deadliest of crimes but also our capacity for survival, reconciliation and love, ON BLUEBERRY HILL by Sebastian Barry (twice winner of the Costa Book of the Year) premiered in a Fishamble production at the Pavilion Theatre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival and at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris in October 2017.

On Blueberry Hill

On Blueberry Hill

Author: Sebastian Barry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Now we've lived together in contentment, more or less, for nigh on twenty year. Like turtle doves. - In prison, I mean, for fuck's sake, the chances of that. PJ and Christy: sworn enemies destined to share one small room for twenty years. As the two men recall the joys and torments of life outside - the childhood excursions, a deadly brawl, past loves and summer dresses - slowly they uncover the tragic events that have lead them to their cell in Montjoy. A play that explores our capacity to commit the deadliest of crimes but also our capacity for survival, reconciliation and love, On Blueberry Hill by Sebastian Barry (twice winner of the Costa Book of the Year) premiered in a Fishamble production at the Pavilion Theatre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival and at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris in October 2017.

Days Without End

Days Without End

Author: Sebastian Barry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2017

*NEW NOVEL A THOUSAND MOONS NOW AVAILABLE* Winner of the 2016 Costa Book of the Year Winner of the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017 Winner of the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award 2017 Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 'Pitch perfect, the outstanding novel of the Year.' Observer After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, aged barely seventeen, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, fight in the Indian Wars and the Civil War. Having both fled terrible hardships, their days are now vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in. Then when a young Indian girl crosses their path, the possibility of lasting happiness seems within reach, if only they can survive.

THE SECRET SCRIPTURE

THE SECRET SCRIPTURE

Author: Sebastian Barry Format: eBook Release Date: 30/03/2017

Ot klassika sovremennoj prozy, kotorogo nazyvali "e;nesravnennym hronikerom zhizni, utrachennoj bezvozvratno (Irish Independent), - "e;shedevr literatury, triumf stilya, ne churayushchijsya i priemov detektivnogo zhanra (Sunday Business Post), roman, voshedshij v short-list Bukerovskoj premii i poluchivshij prestizhnuyu premiyu Costa Award. "e;Neveroyatno krasivym i zhivym yazykom, pul'siruyushchim, podobno pesne (Th e New York Times) Barri rasskazyvaet istoriyu Rozanny Maknalti, v molodosti - neotrazimoj krasavicy, kotoraya bol'shuyu chast' zhizni provela v psihiatricheskoj klinike. Rozanna sidela tam tak dolgo, chto uzhe nikto ne pomnit, pochemu ona tam okazalas'. I vot sud'boj zagadochnoj pacientki zainteresovalsya novyj glavvrach doktor Gren. Odnazhdy on obnaruzhivaet spryatannyj dnevnik Rozanny: v techenie neskol'kih desyatiletij ona zapisyvala svoi vospominaniya. V ehtih memuarah - tajna ee zaklyucheniya i rasskaz o porazitel'noj zhizni i vsepogloshchayushchej lyubvi, strastnoj, muchitel'noj, tragicheskoj...

Days Without End

Days Without End

Author: Sebastian Barry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2017

Days Without End

Days Without End

Author: Sebastian Barry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2017

WINNER OF 2016 COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR 'Pitch-perfect, the outstanding novel of the year so far.' Robert McCrum, Observer 'More wrenching and beautiful than anything I've read in a long time.' Aravind Adiga, Guardian Books of the Year After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, barely seventeen, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, fight in the Indian Wars and the Civil War. Having both fled terrible hardships, their days are now vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in. But when a young Indian girl crosses their path, Thomas and John must decide on the best way of life for them all in the face of dangerous odds.

Days without End

Days without End

Author: Sebastian Barry Format: eBook Release Date: 24/01/2017

From Sebastian Barry, a two-time finalist for the Man Booker Prize, comes a powerful and unforgettable novel chronicling a young Irish immigrant's army years in the Indian wars and the American Civil War.Thomas McNulty, having fled the Great Famine in Ireland and now barely seventeen years old, signs up for the US Army in the 1850s and with his brother in arms, John Cole, goes to fight in the Indian Wars-against the Sioux and the Yurok-and, ultimately, in the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, they find these days to be vivid and alive, despite the horrors they see and are complicit in.Moving from the plains of Wyoming to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry's latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. An intensely poignant story of two men and the makeshift family they create with a young Sioux girl, Winona, Days without End is a fresh and haunting portrait of the most fateful years in American history and is a novel never to be forgotten.

Days Without End

Days Without End

Author: Sebastian Barry Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 27/10/2016

Temporary Gentleman

Temporary Gentleman

Author: Sebastian Barry Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2014

A stunning new novel from the Man Booker shortlisted author of The Secret Scripture In this highly anticipated new novel, Irishman Jack McNulty is a "e;temporary gentleman"e;-an Irishman whose commission in the British army in WWII was never permanent. Sitting in his lodgings in Accra, Ghana, in 1957, he's writing the story of his life with desperate urgency. He cannot take one step further without examining all of the extraordinary events that he has seen. A lifetime of war and world travel-as a soldier in WWII, an engineer, a UN observer-has brought him to this point. But the memory that weighs heaviest on his heart is that of the beautiful Mai Kirwan and their tempestuous, heartbreaking marriage. Mai was once the great beauty of Sligo, a magnetic yet unstable woman who, after sharing a life with Jack, gradually slipped from his grasp. Award-winning author Sebastian Barry's The Temporary Gentleman is the sixth book in his cycle of separate yet interconnected novels that brilliantly reimagine characters from Barry's own family.

On Canaan's Side

On Canaan's Side

Author: Sebastian Barry Format: eBook Release Date: 08/09/2011

From the two-time Man Booker short-listed author of The Secret Scripture comes a magnificent new novel that is the story of the twentieth century in America. Told in the first person, as a narrative of Lilly Bere's life over seventeen days, On Canaan's Side opens as Lilly mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill. Lilly revisits her past, going back to the moment she was forced to flee Ireland at the end of the First World War, and continues her tale in America, a world filled with both hope and danger. At once epic and intimate, Lilly's story unfolds as she tries to make sense of the sorrows and troubles of her life and of the people whose lives she has touched. Spanning nearly seven decades, from the Great Depression to World War II and the Vietnam War, it is the heartbreaking story of a woman whose capability to love is enormous and whose compassion, even for those who have wronged her, is astonishing.

Tales of Ballycumber

Tales of Ballycumber

Author: Sebastian Barry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2009

Here, now, listen, I'll tell you a tale . . . Daffodils are in bloom as dawn breaks over the foothills of Ballycumber, ushering in hope for a new day and stirring the ghosts of a past fraught with sorrow, anguish and emptiness. In search of advice, young Evans Stafford calls at the home of friend and strong-minded traditionalist, Nicholas Farquhar. The following day, as Farquhar learns the devastating consequences of this meeting, he discovers that his memories and words are governed by a buried history; a force far greater than himself. Sebastian Barry's Tales of Ballycumber premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in September 2009.

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