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The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty

Sebastian Barry

Sebastian Barry’s debut novel, published by Faber for the first time.

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Following the end of the First World War, Eneas McNulty joins the British-led Royal Irish Constabulary. With all those around him becoming soldiers of a different kind, however, it proves to be the defining decision of his life when, having witnessed the murder of a fellow RIC policeman, he is wrongly accused of identifying the executioners. With a sentence of death passed over him he is forced to flee Sligo, his friends, family and beloved girl, Viv.

What follows is the story of this flight, his subsequent wanderings, and the haunting pull of home that always afflicts him. Tender, witty, troubling and tragic, The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty tells the secret history of a lost man.

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'A powerful, unique book ... Sebastian Barry's language is utterly new and quite magnificent.'

Roddy Doyle
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'A bravura performance ... Reflecting on Irish history, Irish losses, Irish enmities with singular force, grace and beauty.'

The Times
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'A novel that is tender, acerbic, necessary and potent.'

Colum McCann
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'It's the language that seduces you - elegant, comical, tragical, musical.'

Frank McCourt

Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. The current Laureate for Irish Fiction, his novels have twice won the Costa Book of the Year award, the Independent Booksellers Award and the Walter Scott Prize. He had two consecutive novels shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, A Long Long Way (2005) and the top ten bestseller The Secret Scripture (2008),…

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