Sebastian Barry, author of On Canaan’s Side, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Sebastian Barry

author of On Canaan’s Side and many more

Ten Terrifying Questions


1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born in Dublin city in a house next door to Elizabeth Bowen’s father’s townhouse. Raised mostly in Ireland, went to the Catholic University School, and Trinity College, Dublin.

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

At 12 I wanted to be a jockey, to satisfy my grandfather’s betting ambitions, but by eighteen I was too tall and wanted to be Bob Dylan instead, and by thirty I wanted to feel less crazy about not fulfilling either o Continue reading


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