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  • 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
  • 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
  • The strength of Life Sentences lies in its long range but intimate style . . . A reader could profitably finish the book and go straight back to its beginning, like Finnegans Wake.

    John Self, Spectator
  • 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

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