Sebastian Barry





Sebastian Barry


Born
in Dublin, Ireland
July 05, 1955


Sebastian Barry is an Irish playwright, novelist and poet. He is noted for his dense literary writing style and is considered one of Ireland's finest writers

Barry's literary career began in poetry before he began writing plays and novels. In recent years his fiction writing has surpassed his work in the theatre in terms of success, having once been considered a playwright who wrote occasional novels.

He has twice been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for his novels A Long Long Way (2005) and The Secret Scripture (2008), the latter of which won the 2008 Costa Book of the Year and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. His 2011 novel On Canaan's Side was long-listed for the Booker.

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The Secret Scripture

3.75 avg rating — 11,784 ratings — published 2008 — 55 editions
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A Long Long Way

4.08 avg rating — 3,689 ratings — published 2005 — 30 editions
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On Canaan's Side

3.81 avg rating — 3,709 ratings — published 2011 — 35 editions
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The Whereabouts of Eneas Mc...

3.90 avg rating — 1,077 ratings — published 1998 — 17 editions
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The Temporary Gentleman

3.74 avg rating — 1,110 ratings — published 2014 — 18 editions
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Days Without End

4.16 avg rating — 1,179 ratings — published 2016 — 12 editions
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Annie Dunne (Dunne Family #2)

3.81 avg rating — 851 ratings — published 2002 — 18 editions
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The Steward of Christendom ...

3.68 avg rating — 124 ratings — published 1995 — 3 editions
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Our Lady of Sligo

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The Pride of Parnell Street

3.79 avg rating — 34 ratings — published 2007 — 3 editions
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“Because it strikes me there is something greater than judgement. I think it is called mercy.”
Sebastian Barry, The Secret Scripture

“After all the world is indeed beautiful and if we were any other creature than man we might be continuously happy in it.”
Sebastian Barry, The Secret Scripture

“I knew immediately something was terribly wrong, but you can know that and not allow the thought in your head, at the front of your head. It dances around at the back, where it can't be controlled. But the front of the head is where the pain begins.”
Sebastian Barry, The Secret Scripture

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