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Sebastian Barry

Costa Book of the Year-winning author of The Secret Scripture.

05/07/1955 -
  • Sebastian Barry would have once been considered a playwright who occasionally wrote novels, he is now largely a novelist who sometimes writes plays.
  • He was born and educated in Dublin and is the son of the late Irish actress, Joan O’'Hara.
  • His work is known for its wonderfully dense prose and is almost exclusively set in Ireland.
  • He has won many awards as a playwright and is acquiring an enviable trophy case as a novelist.

Book and writing awards

Costa Book of the Year 2008 (The Secret Scripture), James Tait Black Memorial Prize 2008 (The Secret Scripture), Walter Scott Prize 2012 (On Canaan's Side).

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