*THE #3 IRISH BESTSELLER*
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An unforgettable tale of love, abandonment, hunger and redemption, from a rising star of Irish fiction
'O'Callaghan is one of our finest writers . . . and this is his best work yet' JOHN BANVILLE
At just sixteen, Nancy leaves the small island of Cape Clear for the mainland, the only member of her family to survive the effects of the Great Famine. Finding work in a grand house on the edge of Cork City, she is irrepressibly drawn to the charismatic gardener Michael Egan, sparking a love affair and a devastating chain of events that continues to unfold over three generations. Spanning more than a century, Life Sentences is the unforgettable journey of a family hungry for redemption, and determined against all odds to be free.
This sweeping story of one family's fight for survival goes on making the heart lurch long after the final page, and confirms Billy O'Callaghan as one of the finest living Irish writers.
'A lovely, piercing book' SEBASTIAN BARRY
'Stops you in your tracks so you can savour its utter beauty' ANNE GRIFFIN
'Momentous and epic storytelling' BERNARD MACLAVERTY
'So good and true it feels almost magical' SADIE JONES
'Eminently readable . . . My book of the year so far' RYAN TUBRIDY
A lovely, piercing book.
Momentous and epic storytelling.
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.
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.
[An] epic story . . . Life Sentences is a beautiful novel.
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