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From the bestselling author of The Secret Scripture, a heartbreaking story of lost love.

Jack McNulty, a former UN observer, has worked around the world and seen extraordinary things but, as he contemplates his return to Ireland after many years, his memories are dominated by his tumultuous marriage to Mai Kirwan. A great beauty with a vivid mind, Mai was also an elusive and troubled soul, stuck in a marriage that couldn't last.

The Temporary Gentleman is a powerful account of one man's attempt to come to terms with the savage realities of the past.

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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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A stunning return from the prize-winning and best-selling author of The Secret Scripture

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