'Barry is the laureate of empathy.' - Sunday Independent
'Sebastian Barry faces down the most challenging of subjects with an unflinching pen, using blood for ink. Yet at its heart, Old God's Time is also a love story, of two souls bonded by trauma. Narrated by a retired guard who begins to lose control of his fragile senses as his past clashes with the present, it is shocking, stunning and extraordinarily brave. Barry has once again written a character for the ages.' - Liz Nugent
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 LongWay (2005) and the top ten bestsellers The Secret Scripture(2008), and has also won the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Prize, the Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year and the JamesTait Black Memorial Prize. He lives in County Wicklow.