The Temporary Gentleman

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Jack McNulty is a 'temporary gentleman', an Irishman whose commission in the British army in the Second World War was never made permanent. In 1957, in his lodgings in Accra, he sets out to write his story. He is an ordinary man, both petty and heroic, but he has seen extraordinary things. He has wandered the world - as a soldier, an engineer, a UN observer - following his childhood ambition to better himself. The Temporary Gentleman is a heart-breaking portrait of one man's life and his last bid for freedom, from the savage realities of the past and from himself.

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'One's heart leaps into one's mouth and stays there . . . Exhilarating.' (Charlotte Moore Spectator)

Barry is an artist of the highest order. (Claire Kilroy Guardian, Book of the Week)

'Both fascinating and moving, The Temporary Gentleman shows Sebastian Barry to be one of our finest novelists - daring, accommodating and humane.' (John Banville)

'I loved Jack and Mai's story, which oozes panache . . . Barry is brilliant on the ways of marriage.' (Ann Treneman The Times)

'This novel is an elegy - not for a temporary gentleman but for his wife . . . Almost as if good writing might have the power to save a marriage or contain the secret of happiness . . . Rare and heart-breaking.' (Kate Kellaway Observer)

Told in Barry's flawless prose, it's a book that leaves the reader bruised long after the final page has been, regretfully, turned. (John Harding Daily Mail)

Engrossing ... memorable ... a notable addition to Barry's ongoing chronicle of lives hitherto untold. (John Boland Irish Independent)

Arguably our greatest living novelist. ( Irish Times)

'These lives are re-imagined in language of surpassing beauty.' ( New York Times)

'Barry's greatness isn't just that he's a fine writer and a deeply political writer. His greatness is he does it all simultaneously: he tells a desolating story and demolishes many myths at the same time. Ireland's lucky to have him.' (Carlo Gebler Financial Times)

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