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Reviews

  • A lovely, piercing book.

    Sebastian Barry
  • Momentous and epic storytelling.

    Bernard MacLaverty
  • A superb and moving novel . . . O'Callaghan is one of our finest writers, in the tradition of John McGahern and Brian Friel, and this is his best work yet.

    John Banville, Sunday Independent *Books of the Year*
  • A book that stops you in your tracks so you can savour its utter beauty . . . O'Callaghan is amongst the finest storytellers and wordsmiths in Ireland today.

    Anne Griffin
  • [An] epic story . . . Life Sentences is a beautiful novel.

    Eithne Shortall, Sunday Times Culture
  • Eminently readable . . . People who read Sebastian Barry, Donal Ryan, Liam O'Flaherty will really love [Life Sentences] . . . It's my book of the year so far.

    Ryan Tubridy, RTÉ Radio One
  • Billy O'Callaghan's writing is so good and true it feels almost magical; Life Sentences is a beautiful book, a small epic, a joy.

    Sadie Jones
  • Lyrical, poignant, gripping . . . O'Callaghan weaves together a narrative that is compelling and dazzlingly rendered.

    James Moran, Tablet, *Novel of the Week*
  • Life Sentences brilliantly immerses us in its respective time periods, and . . . O'Callaghan's natural gifts as a writer . . . the author often coming out with a stunning turn of phrase.

    Barry Pierce, Sunday Times
  • The reader is invested from the start . . . So poetically elegant as to be breathtaking . . . Life Sentences is writing at its finest.

    Claire Fullerton, New York Journal of Books

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