So happy to hear that this book won a Costa Book Award this morning. I had the pleasure of reading this book for review back in September and it blew me away. As I have said before there is the potential for a really great film here.

The Book Chief

As I began reading this novel, I was drawn back to my days reading Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy and his masterpiece Blood Meridian. Further reflection leant me in the direction of John William’s Butcher’s Crossing and Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove. Never did I expect to be lavishing Sebastian Barry’s entry into this genre as an equal upon reaching the final page. I had recently read and enjoyed his previous work, The Secret Scripture, but this novel has lifted my admiration of his work to a whole new level.

This novel is simply breathtaking.  It has all the hallmarks of a coming-of-age western frontier classic but it is written with such a frantic energy that it seems that age-has-already-come. Famine, barbaric wartime cruelty, civil war and basic survival in the Wild West offer a stormy setting for the entirety of this work and the moments where the characters and reader…

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