Blog · Posted January 13, 2023

It was with great excitement that we welcomed back multi award-winning author and Mainstreet favourite, Sebastian Barry.

He was with us on Wed 8th March to talk about Old God’s Time, an extraordinary novel about memory, love, mystery and reckoning.

Recently retired policeman Tom Kettle is settling into the quiet of his new home, a lean-to annexed to a Victorian Castle overlooking the Irish Sea. For months he has barely seen a soul, catching only glimpses of his eccentric landlord and a nervous young mother who has moved in next door. Occasionally, fond memories of the past return, of his family, his beloved wife, June, and their two children.

But when two former colleagues turn up at his door with questions about a decades-old case, one which Tom never quite came to terms with, he finds himself pulled into the darkest currents of his past.

A beautiful, haunting novel, in which nothing is quite what it seems, Old God’s Time is about what we live through, what we live with, and what may survive of us.

‘Wonderfully alive. . . an unforgettable novel from one of our finest writers.’

‘Fascinating and illuminating reading […] this book is truly remarkable history.’
– Lord (George) Robertson, Former Secretary General, NATO

‘His work reminds us how much we need these rare gifts of the natural storyteller.’

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