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Old God's Time

By: Sebastian Barry
Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
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THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER 

TWICE WINNER OF THE COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR 

Tom Kettle, a retired policeman, and widower, is settling into the quiet of his new home in Dalkey, overlooking the sea. His solitude is interrupted when two former colleagues turn up at his door to ask about a traumatic, decades-old case. A case that Tom never quite came to terms with. And his peace is further disturbed when his new neighbour, a mysterious young mother, asks for his help. 

A beautiful, haunting novel, in which nothing is quite as it seems, Old God's Time is an unforgettable exploration of family, loss and love

©2023 Sebastian Barry (P)2023 Faber Audio

Critic Reviews

"His work reminds us how much we need these rare gifts of the natural storyteller." (Tessa Hadley)

"Full of love and heartache, this is an unforgettable novel from one of our finest writers." (Douglas Stuart)

"Shocking, stunning and extraordinarily brave. Barry has once again written a character for the ages." (Liz Nugent)

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Got a bit lost but lovely

At times I found it a bit confusing but I loved the phrasing and narration. I joy to listen as I walked my dog

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Beautifully written and narrated

This book is so beautifully written, as all of Sebastian Barry’s books are. Great, but sad,story. Narrator was fabulous. Can’t recommend this book highly enough.

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Wonderful book…

Beautiful book and outstanding narration…the images and characters will stay with me for a long time, I’m sure…

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A love story

Barry’s character moves in and out of the past, in and out of reality in a moving love story. I could not put it down. Barry offers an unflinching reflection of the ongoing trauma caused by the church or adults who abuse little ones. Compelling story telling.

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Harrowing read but beautiful beyond belief

I expected a tragic retelling of the atrocities committed by the Catholic Church in Ireland and some sort of gritty police drama. Book club read so not really motivated. What I got was a heart achingly beautiful story of love and loss. Yes it deals with a terrible subject and does not hold back in this area, but the writing is so lyrical - I found myself constantly amazed by his turn of phrase. And impeccable reading - so glad I listened to the audio book - not only for the Irish accent, but for an ability to pace the telling in a way that has you feeling Kettle’s every emotion. I rarely write reviews, but I loved this book,

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Wonderful story

Beautifully written, like a dream you don’t won’t to wake from. Felt for old Tom all the way through and wished him atonement. A story which stayed with me long after I finished listening to it. Also excellent performance by Stephen Hogan.

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Beautiful writing; wonderful narration

An incredibly sad story but written so well. Amazing narration adds an additional dimension. An unforgettable book

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Of love, fate and human cruelty

The story was immeasurably sad as the retired detective deals with the blurring of present loneliness, past loss and the cruelty towards children by people that should be trusted. It is a story of honour. Worthy of its Booker Prize listing. A very Irish story.

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Sublime

Sebastian Barry joins tragedy, grief and existential joy more powerfully than anyone I can think of right now except perhaps Keats’ in his Ode on Melancholy. Over the top? Maybe, but right now that’s how it seems to me.

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Wow

Absolutely stunning writing. Hogan’s a marvellous wordsmith.
Warning: reader discretion is advised. A gut wrenching topic.

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