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Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2007.

Book Description

One of the most vivid and realised characters of recent fiction, Willie Dunne is the innocent hero of Sebastian Barry's highly acclaimed novel. Leaving Dublin to fight for the Allied cause as a member of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, he finds himself caught between the war playing out on foreign fields and that festering at home, waiting to erupt with the Easter Rising. Profoundly moving, intimate and epic, "A Long Long Way" charts and evokes a terrible coming of age, one too often written out of history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780571218011
ISBN-10: 0571218016
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x 19mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 6-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry Long Long Way, Paperback (March 2016)

Leaving Dublin to fight for the Allied cause as a member of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, he finds himself caught between the war playing out on foreign fields and that festering at home, waiting to erupt with the Easter Rising.

Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry Secret Scripture, Paperback (March 2015)

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Book Review: Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry - Reviewed by (11 Aug 2012)

A Long Long Way is the 8th novel by Irish author Sebastian Barry. It tells the story of Willie Dunne, a young Dublin man who joins the British Army as a Private in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. He leaves his much loved, widowed father, James and three younger sisters, as well as Gretta, the girl he wants to marry, to fight the Germans in Belgium during the First World War During his time in the army, he faces much and learns a lot about himself and the world. He witness the death of comrades at the hands of the Germans, sees many casualties end up in unmarked graves and witnesses an execution after court martial. He describes the horrors of mustard gas, the nuisance of lice and ringworm, the misery of homesickness, the distress of hunger and cold as well as the camaraderie and love for his fellow soldiers, the joy of letters and parcels from home, reading, dancing, plays and singing. Willie encounters firsthand the discrimination of British...

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Author Biography - Sebastian Barry

Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. His novels and plays have won, among other awards, the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Prize, the Costa Book of the Year award, 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.

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