by Sebastian Barry (Faber & Faber)
Sebastian Barry is a multi award-winning author who has twice been shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize. His latest novel is the sixth book in his cycle of separate yet interconnected novels that re-imagine characters from his own family. His latest book focuses on his maternal grandfather Jack McNulty, an Irishman in the British Army who is a ‘temporary gentleman’ as his commission was never permanent.
Set in 1957 in Ghana, Jack finds himself lingering on in Africa after working for the UN, and settling down to write the story of his life, more particularly of the great love of it, the girl he meets and marries in his native Sligo in the 1920s, the fascinating Mai Kirwan and their long and painful journey. He joins us today to discuss where the inspiration for his latest novel The Temporary Gentleman came from and how his family has influenced his other work.