Whistling Psyche & Fred and Jane

Sebastian Barry
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ISBN 9780571224609 Format Paperback
Published 06/05/2004 Length 96 pages

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Whistling Psyche
A dark night, an old waiting room and two supposed strangers eager to reach their destinations. In the cold hours that rest between nightfall and daybreak, silent questions prompt unexpected revelations. Two souls share a passion for reform, but only one - Miss Nightingale - has been honoured. The other, Dr Barry, would never receive the same acclaim, but notoriety came after death and for a very different reason . . .

Whistling Psyche premièred at the Almeida Theatre, London in May 2004.

Fred and Jane explores the deep and sustaining friendship between two nuns, Anna and Beatrice, as they recall the trials and joys of religious life.

'This is Barry at his best: evocative, gentle, suffused with the beauty of the simple and the joy of turning the strange into the familiar.' Sunday Tribune

'A rare delight. A clear-running joy.' Sunday Independent

'A triumph in its own right.' RTE

Fred and Jane premièred at Bewley's Cafe Theatre, Dublin in 2002.

  • About 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.

    Photo credit: ©Alan Betson, The Irish Times 

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