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Days Without End

Sebastian Barry


9780571277018

Faber & Faber


Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


Paperback

272 pages

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2016 Costa Book of the Year winner

ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— This magnificent novel follows the life of Thomas McNulty, who fled the Irish famine as a boy. Fetching up in America, he meets the boon companion of his life, handsome John Cole. The boys must turn to many jobs to survive – as dancing ‘girls’ in a frontier saloon, as soldiers in the Indian Wars and Civil War, in minstrel shows and as tobacco farmers. Told in the voice and Irish cadence of the semi-educated McNulty, this luscious story contains both brutality and beauty, and is a mesmerising experience. Read it before it wins the awards it so richly deserves! Lindy Jones

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A violent, superbly lyrical western offering a sweeping vision of America in the making [and] the most fascinating line-by-line first person narration I've come across in years. KAZUO ISHIGURO

A beautiful, savage, tender, searing work of art. Sentence after perfect sentence it grips and does not let go. DONAL RYAN

'I am thinking of the days without end of my life...'.

After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, aged barely seventeen, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and, ultimately, the Civil War. Having fled terrible hardships themselves, they find these days to be vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both witness and are complicit in. Their lives are further enriched and endangered when a young Indian girl crosses their path, and the possibility of
lasting happiness emerges, if only they can survive.

Moving from the plains of the West to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry's latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. Both an intensely poignant story of two men and the lives they are dealt, and a fresh look at some of the most fateful years in America's past, Days Without End is a novel never to be forgotten.

By:   Sebastian Barry
Imprint:   Faber & Faber
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Export - Airside ed
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   373g
ISBN:   9780571277018
ISBN 10:   0571277012
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   November 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. His novels and plays have won the Costa Book of the Year award, the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Prize, the Irish Book Awards Best Novel, the Independent Booksellers Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He also had two consecutive novels, A Long Long Way (2005) and The Secret Scripture (2008), shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize. He lives in Wicklow with his wife and three children.


  • Shortlisted for Costa Novel Award 2016.
  • Shortlisted for Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017.
  • Winner of Costa Book of the Year 2016.
  • Winner of Costa Novel Award 2016.
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