Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

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Sebastian Barry is the author of Days Without End, a suspense and action novel firstly published in 2016. Learn more about the author, his book, as well as ratings and reviews on the latter.

Sebastian Barry is a Irish writer and playwright, born in 1955 in Dublin, Ireland. He is considered one of Ireland’s finest writers. He was the winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 2008 and has twice been awarded the Costa Book of the Year, in 2008 and in 2016, recently for his book Days Without EndHe was also twice longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for A Long Long Way (2005) and The Secret Scripture (2008), and twice longlisted for the same Prize for his 2011 novel On Canaan’s Side and in 2017 for Days Without End.

Sebastian was educated at Catholic University School and Trinity College, Dublin, where he read English and Latin. He began writing poetry before he wrote plays and novels. His academic posts include Honorary Fellow in Writing at the University of Iowa (1984) and Writer Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin (1995-1996).

He currently lives in County Wicklow (Irlanda) with his wife and their three children.

Let’s take a closer look now at his latest book, Days Without End (2016/17).


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.







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