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.

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Books by Sebastian Barry

The Lives of the Saints

Published: May 2022

The three acclaimed Laureate lectures from the from the bestselling, twice Costa-Book-of-the-Year-winning, author.

A Thousand Moons

Published: September 2021

From the Costa Book of the Year-winning author of Days Without End.

A Thousand Moons

Published: March 2020

Follow-up to the much-loved 2016 Costa Book of the Year Days Without End.

In Parenthesis

Published: November 2018

Introduced by Sebastian Barry: a trade edition of David Jones's masterwork of the First World War, aimed at a fiction audience.

On Blueberry Hill

Published: October 2017

Sebastian Barry's new play explores our capacity to commit the deadliest of crimes but also our capacity for survival, reconciliation and love.

Days Without End

Published: September 2017

Winner of the 2016 Costa Book of the Year and longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize: Sebastian Barry's sensational new novel set in mid-19th Century America.

The Secret Scripture

Published: May 2015

Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2008, over 600,000 copies sold in Faber editions to date.

The Temporary Gentleman

Published: February 2015

A stunning return from the prize-winning and best-selling author of The Secret Scripture.

On Canaan's Side

Published: May 2012

From the bestselling Costa Prize-winning author of The Secret Scripture a heartbreaking novel spanning a lifetime.

On Canaan's Side

Published: August 2011

From the two-time Man Booker shortlisted author of The Secret Scripture comes a magnificent new novel, spanning one woman Lilly Bere's lifetime, lived between Ireland and America.

Andersen's English

Published: March 2010

A new play from the twice Booker shortlisted Irish author.

Tales of Ballycumber

Published: January 2010

A startling and intimate portrayal of two unlikely companions connected more closely than they realise, both haunted by the plague of solitude and the Tales of Ballycumber.

Dallas Sweetman

Published: January 2009

From the bestselling author of A Long Long Way and The Secret Scripture.

The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty

Published: September 2006

Sebastian Barry's debut, 'a novel that is tender, acerbic, necessary and potent.'- Colum McCann

A Long Long Way

Published: July 2006

The powerful and moving First World War novel, shortlisted for the 2005 Man Booker Prize.

Whistling Psyche & Fred and Jane

Published: July 2005

Annie Dunne

Published: July 2005

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