Days Without End
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Days Without End

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

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.

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

A novel that is at once powerful and brutal but also beautifully written and haunting. Days Without End has an epic feel, but never neglects to focus on the individual and their dreams and aspirations. This is a novel whose story and themes stay with you long after you have finished reading it. Sebastian Barry has a unique style and has produced a book which we feel will become a modern classic.

A western with a difference, this is an unlikely love story about a pair of naïve misfits, surviving in the hostile environment of the Indian Wars and the American Civil War. A story suffused with brutality and savagery but with incredible tenderness and sensitivity also. Utterly enthralling and beautifully told.

A unique, thoughtful, intimate, literary read.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
20/10/2016
Publisher
Faber and Faber

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