twitter book price comparison
Search our site
Turn a Blind Eye by Vicky Newham Read the opening extract of the brand new Vicky Newham book before its publication on 05/04/2018

On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry
  

On Canaan's Side

Literary Fiction   Books of the Month   Family Drama   Historical Fiction   Reading Groups   eBook Favourites   
Download an extract Discuss on Facebook Discuss this book on our Literary Contemporary Facebook group Share this book

Lovereading view...

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 Stefan Zweig, Anne Enright and Rose Tremain.

Synopsis

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.

Reviews

‘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.

Photo credit: ©Alan Betson, The Irish Times

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

4th August 2011

Author

Sebastian Barry

More books by Sebastian Barry
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Publisher

Faber and Faber

Format

Hardback

Categories

Literary Fiction
Books of the Month
Family Drama
Historical Fiction
Reading Groups
eBook Favourites


ISBN

9780571226535

Lovereading is like booking a holiday, you don't know what it will be like and it is a whole new experience.

Sue Burton

The books for review are always great reads, brilliantly written, and introduces me to a huge variety of, established and new, authors.

Lesley Hart

I love the honest opinions, recommendations for every genre and every reader, wish lists and Like for Like.

Amrita Dasgupta

Discover new authors and enjoy old favourites; oodles of literary gems to uncover at Lovereading with candid reviews from real reviewers.

Emily Wright

They are bright, breezy and eager to offer a great book, then genuinely listen/respect the review one writes.

Maggie Crane

I love that Lovereading handpicks very special debut reads.

Magda North

You can trust Lovereading to show unbiased reviews by actual, ordinary readers that help likeminded booklovers choose their next great read.

Linda Hill

For me, to read is to learn, to reflect, to escape, to think, to contemplate and my time for space and calm.

Sally Ellsmore

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools