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Sebastian Barry

Ireland (b.1955)

Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. His play, The Steward of Christendom, first produced in 1995, won many awards and has been seen around the world. His novel, The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty, appeared in 1998. He lives in Wicklow with his wife and three children.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Historical

Non fiction
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2005) : A Long Long Way
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel nominee (2007) : A Long Long Way
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2008) : The Secret Scripture
Costa Book Awards Best Novel winner (2008) : The Secret Scripture
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (2008) : The Secret Scripture
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2011) : On Canaan's Side
Walter Scott Prize Best Historical Novel winner (2012) : On Canaan's Side
Costa Book Awards Best Novel winner (2016) : Days Without End
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2017) : Days Without End
Walter Scott Prize Best Historical Novel winner (2017) : Days Without End

Sebastian Barry recommends
The Love and Death of Caterina (2011)
Andrew Nicoll
"A life-enhancing storyteller, of stellar wit and intriguing depth... pure gold."
Arimathea (2013)
Frank McGuinness
"The great spirit of Frank McGuinness radiates in this magnificent novel."
Darke (2017)
(James Darke, book 1)
Rick Gekoski
"A wondrous book with two fathers, Kingsley Amis and Dante."
Connect (2018)
Julian Gough
"Julian Gough is a wonderful writer."
Becoming Belle (2018)
Nuala O'Connor
"Nuala O'Connor has the thrilling ability to step back nimbly and enter the deep dance of time. This is a hidden history laid luminously before us of an exultant Anglo-Irish woman navigating the dark shoals and the bright fields of a life."
Shadowplay (2019)
Joseph O'Connor
"Joseph O’Connor is a very great artist and storyteller. The quotient of enjoyment in his extraordinary new novel is stupendous."
This Hostel Life (2019)
Melatu Uche Okorie
"A marvelous book and a wonderful writer."
Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey (2020)
Kathleen Rooney
"A properly mysterious, warmly convincing work of bright imagination. A pigeon and a haunted man returned generously, gently, to the story of the world."
The Pages (2021)
Hugo Hamilton
"A masterpiece. Full of great sentences. But also sort of obliteratingly moving, strange, and right."
My Name Is Yip (2022)
Paddy Crewe
"Mute but eloquent, Yip comes thrillingly into our midst to unfurl his singular and singing book of revelations. Murder, gold, lost fathers . . . Paddy Crewe has a 24-carat gift."

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