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Confessions of John Charles McNulty

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Full title: The Temporary Gentleman [a novel]

Creator / Author: Sebastian Barry

Item Type / Page count: Book / 270p

When Published: 2014

Publisher / Place of Publication: Faber & Faber Limited / Bloomsbury House, 74-77 Great Russell Street London WC1B 3DA

About: Jack McNulty, the narrator in this novel, is a Sligo-born, ex-British Army soldier who finds himself in Africa to where he was posted during World War II. It is 1957 and he really wants to return home to Sligo. However, what is it that prevents him from returning? Does the setting down of the story of his somewhat dissolute life allow us to confer some kind of redemption on him?

ID number(s): 9780571276967 / 9780571276998

WW Connection #1: Author has resided in West Wicklow, including the Tinahely area.

Extra #1: Opening lines: ‘It’s a beautiful night and no mistake. You would never think there was a war somewhere’…….

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #4: Link to the Publisher’s website.

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A Kelsha Summer Like No Other

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Full title: Annie Dunne [a novel]

Creator / Author: Sebastian Barry

Item Type / Page count: Book / 228p

When Published: 2002 and later editions

Publisher / Place of Publication: Faber and Faber Limited / 3 Queen Square, London WC 1N 3AU

About:  A novel about country life, changing times, young and old, relationships, innocence, loss and reconciliation. A whole lifetime of experiences within a single summer.

ID number(s): 0571203043 / 9780571216444 / 0571216447 /0670031127 / 9780670031122

WW Connection #1: The book is set in West Wicklow, particularly around the Kelsha area of Kiltegan.

WW Connection #2: Author has resided in West Wicklow, including the Tinahely area.

Extra #1: Opening lines: ”Oh, Kelsha is a distant place, over the mountains from everywhere. You go over the mountains to get there, and eventually, through dreams.”

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide

Extra #4: Link to the Publisher’s website.

An Acclaimed Novel of WWI

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Full title: A long, long way [a novel]

Creator / Author: Sebastian Barry

Item Type / Page count: Book / 294p

When Published: 2005 and later editions

Publisher / Place of Publication: Faber / London

About: A novel about an Irishman fighting in World War I with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, set against the backdrop of the impending Easter Rising in Dublin. This book was shortlisted for the Booker prize in 2005 and was selected in the Dublin: One City One Book initiative in April 2007.

ID number(s): 0571218016 / 9780571218011 / 0013074245 / 0571218008

WW Connection #1: Parts of the book refer to locations in West Wicklow

WW Connection #2: Author has resided in West Wicklow, including the Tinahely area.

Extra #1: Opening lines: ”He was born in the dying days. It was the withering end of 1896. He was called William after the long-dead Orange King, because his father took an interest in such distant matters. On top of that, an old great-uncle, William Cullen, was yet living in Wicklow, across the mountains as they used to say, where his father himself had been reared….”

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #4: Link to the Publisher’s website.

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