Author(s): Sebastian Barry
'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 they find these days to be vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in. Their lives are further enriched and imperilled 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.
Days Without End traces the journey of two lost souls as they travel across America in the 19th century. Along the way they find love, violence, and, most importantly, each other. This is an astounding novel, the writing is frequently breathtaking and the story compelling. One of the best books I’ve read in ages. - Gavin
Sebastian Barry returns with a sensational new novel set in1850's America
Winner of the 2016 Costa Fiction Award
"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).
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.