Sebastian Barry


Born
in Dublin, Ireland
July 05, 1955

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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

3.80 avg rating — 17,141 ratings — published 2008 — 71 editions
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Days Without End

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A Long Long Way

4.15 avg rating — 5,785 ratings — published 2005 — 33 editions
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On Canaan's Side

3.85 avg rating — 4,795 ratings — published 2011 — 40 editions
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The Whereabouts of Eneas Mc...

3.96 avg rating — 1,761 ratings — published 1998 — 17 editions
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The Temporary Gentleman

3.76 avg rating — 2,080 ratings — published 2014
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Annie Dunne (Dunne Family #2)

3.88 avg rating — 1,327 ratings — published 2002 — 19 editions
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A Thousand Moons

3.99 avg rating — 1,457 ratings — published 2020 — 14 editions
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The Steward of Christendom ...

3.71 avg rating — 156 ratings — published 1995 — 3 editions
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The Pride of Parnell Street

3.88 avg rating — 72 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

“A man’s memory might have only a hundred clear days in it and he has lived thousands. Can’t do much about that. We have our store of days and we spend them like forgetful drunkards.”
Sebastian Barry, Days Without End

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