The Temporary Gentleman
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The Temporary Gentleman

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

Jack McNulty is a ‘temporary gentleman’, an Irishman whose commission in the British army in the Second World War was never permanent. In 1957, sitting in his lodgings in Accra, he urgently sets out to write his story. He feels he cannot take one step further, or even hardly a breath, without looking back at all that has befallen him.

He is an ordinary man, both petty and heroic, but he has seen extraordinary things. He has worked and wandered around the world – as a soldier, an engineer, a UN observer – trying to follow his childhood ambition to better himself. And he has had a strange and tumultuous marriage. Mai Kirwan was a great beauty of Sligo in the 1920s, a vivid mind, but an elusive and mysterious figure too. Jack married her, and shared his life with her, but in time she slipped from his grasp.

A heart-breaking portrait of one man’s life – of his demons and his lost love – The Temporary Gentleman is, ultimately, a novel about Jack’s last bid for freedom, from the savage realities of the past and from himself.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Sebastian
Barry

Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin. The 2018–21 Laureate for Irish Fiction, his novels have twice won the Costa Book of the Year Award, and he is a two-time winner of both the Independent Booksellers Award and the Walter Scott Prize. He had two consecutive novels shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, A Long Long Way (2005) and the top ten bestseller The Secret Scripture (2008), and he has also won the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Prize, the Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He lives in County Wicklow. Photo Credit:Hannah Cunningham

Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin. The 2018–21 Laureate for Irish Fiction, his novels have twice won the Costa Book of the Year Award, and he is a two-time winner of both the Independent Booksellers Award and the Walter Scott Prize. He had two consecutive novels shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, A Long Long Way (2005) and the top ten bestseller The Secret Scripture (2008), and he has also won the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Prize, the Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He lives in County Wicklow. Photo Credit:Hannah Cunningham

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

We nominate this book for the immediacy and beauty of its prose in conveying the darkness of the story.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
05/02/2015
Publisher
Faber and Faber

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