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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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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

Annie Dunne and her cousin Sarah live and work on a small farm in a remote and beautiful part of Wicklow in late 1950s Ireland. All about them, a way of life is about to disappear. Like two old rooks, they hold to their life, cherishing everything. When Annie's nephew and his wife are set to go to London, their two small children are brought down to spend the summer with them. A summer of adventure, pain, delight and ultimately epiphany unfolds for both the children and their elderly caretakers.

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

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 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

Having signed up for the US army in the 1850s, aged barely seventeen, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and ultimately, the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in they find these days to be vivid. Both an intensely poignant story of two men and the lives they are dealt, and a fresh look at some of the most fateful years in America's past.

The Temporary Gentleman

The Temporary Gentleman

Author: Sebastian Barry Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/07/2014

Jack McNulty is a 'temporary gentleman', an Irishman whose commission in the British army in the Second World War was never made permanent. In 1957, in his lodgings in Accra, he sets out to write his story. He is an ordinary man, both petty and heroic, but he has seen extraordinary things. He has wandered the world - as a soldier, an engineer, a UN observer - following his childhood ambition to better himself. The Temporary Gentleman is a heart-breaking portrait of one man's life - and his last bid for freedom, from the savage realities of the past and from himself.

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.

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