Old God’s Time
From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Days Without End and The Secret Scripture, and one of our most soulful living writers, Old God’s Time is an extraordinary novel about memory, love, mystery and reckoning.
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LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2023
THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER
TWICE WINNER OF THE COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR
‘A masterpiece’ Sunday Times
‘Stunning’ LIZ NUGENT
‘Extraordinary’ Irish Times
Tom Kettle, a retired policeman, and widower, is settling into the quiet of his new home in Dalkey, overlooking the sea.
His solitude is interrupted when two former colleagues turn up at his door to ask about a traumatic, decades-old case. A case that Tom never quite came to terms with. And his peace is further disturbed when his new neighbour, a mysterious young mother, asks for his help.
A beautiful, haunting novel, in which nothing is quite as it seems, Old God’s Time is an unforgettable exploration of family, loss and love.
‘To borrow a word that recurs in its pages, it is stupendous, in the sense that it shocks and astonishes.’ Irish Times
Rare indeed are those novels worth cherishing and keeping close. Old God’s Time is one of them.’ Daily Telegraph
‘So captivating. . . it will live long in the minds of its readers.’ Independent
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:
***** ‘A beautiful family love story. It will haunt you and break your heart.’
***** ‘Deeply felt and so moving. I will be reading this again.’
***** ‘A tragic tale beautifully told. Sebastian Barry is one of the great contemporary writers.’
***** ‘Absolute perfection in novel form.’
***** ‘Deeply tragic. Deeply humorous. Utterly beautiful. I’m in awe.’
***** ‘A writer in possession of something divine … just exceptional.’
***** ‘Magically transporting … the balance of extreme grief and joy are perfectly expressed.’
This book still stays with me. I think about it now and it affects me. It's a beautiful, important book.
'There is a kind of writing so rare and accomplished that it seems to erase the very nuts and bolts of its own construction. Reading it can produce an experience that feels close to miraculous ... I don't expect to read anything as moving for many years.'
There are moments in Old God’s Time that will take your breath away ... [Barry] has crafted a meditative, mournful masterpiece, with the pace of a whodunnit.
‘A profound, important book. . . gorgeously crafted: rich, serpentine, deceptive, original, expansive, moving … Dark novels sometimes burn brightest; Old God’s Time, harrowing and spectacular, burns brighter than most.’
‘Rare indeed are those novels worth cherishing and keeping close. Sebastian Barry's Old God's Time is one of them.’
‘In practically all of his works [Barry] turns human frailty into an art form. . . The story weaves, with supreme artistry, back and forth over Tom’s life. . . a masterpiece.’
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