Tuesday 24 October 2017

In praise of the pen, and our writers who can lift the gloom with sparkling words

Author Sebastian Barry REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Author Sebastian Barry REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

John Daly

In troubled times we must seize, more than ever, upon the good in life - those rare things that bring us joy and pride in a complex world.

During a week when yet more immigration chaos and global dissent dominated our wearisome headlines, the success of Sebastian Barry brought early rays of springtime glory as it stole into our darkened world like an overdue Santa delivering a forgotten satchel of Christmas goodies.

When the Dublin-born writer won the Costa Book of the Year award for his novel, 'Days Without End', he gained membership of an ultra-exclusive club of writers who managed that triumph twice.

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