Saturday 31 January 2015

Grandfather inspired latest tale from Barry

Published 04/04/2014 | 02:30

Author Sebastian Barry relaxes with his children, (left to right) Merlin, Coral, Tobias and Hannah, during the launch of Sebastian’s book ‘The Temporary Gentleman at the Rotunda in Dublin City Hall. Photo: Barbara Lindberg

HE shared a room with his grandfather for much of his childhood, and Jack O'Hara became the inspiration for Sebastian Barry's latest novel.

Launched in Dublin City Hall last night, 'The Temporary Gentleman', centres on Jack McNulty, an Irishman whose commission in the British army in the Second World War was never permanent.

In 1957, sitting in his lodgings in Accra, he sets out to write the story of all the extraordinary things he has seen after this wanderings around the world as a soldier, an engineer, and a UN observer.

Barry is one of Ireland's most celebrated writers with two Booker nominations, a Costa Book of the Year award and a James Tait Black Memorial Prize to his name.

Irish Independent

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