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On Canaan's Side - Sebastian Barry

On Canaan's Side - Sebastian Barry

Title: On Canaan’s Side

Author:  Sebastian Barry

ISBN:  9780571226535

Weight:  725 g

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On Canaan’s Side by Sebastian Barry

“As they used to say in Ireland, the devil only comes into good things.”

Narrated by Lilly Bere, On Canaan’s Side opens as she mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill.  The story then goes back to the moment she was forced to flee Dublin, at the end of the First World War, and follows her life through into the new world of America, a world filled with both hope and danger.

At once epic and intimate, Lilly’s narrative unfurls as she tries to make sense of the sorrows and troubles of her life and of the people whose lives she has touched.

Spanning nearly seven decades, it is a novel of memory, war, family-ties and love, which once again displays Sebastian Barry’s exquisite prose and gift for storytelling.

Peer & Press Reviews

A work of great lyrical beauty, a big-hearted story of a woman at the end of her long and difficult life.

Amy Raphael, Times

Imbued with sorrow, joy, tenderness and also moments of great humour… a luminously beautiful story that well deserves its place on the Booker longlist, and beyond.

Leyla Sanai, Independent on Sunday

It’s a story that will deepen your understanding of yourself and others.  The quietening, closing chapters are amongst the most moving and beautiful you will read this year – or any other.

Niall MacMonagle, Irish Times

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: On Canaan’s Side
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: On the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2012 – winner

Man Booker Prize 2011 – longlist

Media adaptation BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime: ten 15-minute episodes, broadcast Mon-Fri at 10:45pm from Mon 5 Sep 2011.
Book Stats
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Mackays, Chatham
ISBN 13: 9780571226535
ISBN 10: 0571226531
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 256
Size (h x w x d): 242 x 160 x 26mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Courtesy of the Irish Times
Jacket design: Faber
Jacket photograph: Genevieve Naylor / Corbis

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