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On tour: Sebastian Barry

Irish author Sebastian Barry is a novelist, playwright and poet. His latest novel Days Without End (Faber), which won the Costa Novel of the Year, is the story of two American brothers-in-arms, who set off to fight in the Indian wars and then the Civil War. Barry will be attending Perth Writers Festival and Adelaide Writers’ Week in February.

What are you reading right now?

The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf (John Murray).

What are you planning to read next?

Ireland’s Immortals: A History of the Gods of Irish Myth by Mark Williams (Princeton University Press).

Which book do you always recommend?

Netherland by Joseph O’Neill (HarperCollins).

What was the defining book of your childhood?

The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle by Beatrix Potter (Penguin).

If you were a literary character you’d be …

Axel Heyst in Victory by Joseph Conrad (various imprints).

What’s your favourite book adaptation (film, television or theatre)?

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.

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