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Sebastian Barry is a renowned author known for his award-winning novels and plays. His latest work, Old God's Time, explores the issue of institutional child abuse in Ireland. The book has been described as a profound and intricate story.
Barry was born in Dublin and lives in a converted rectory in the mountains of County Wicklow, Ireland.
Barry shares that he was reluctant to return to Ireland to write this book, but he feels that as a writer, he finally had the courage to address such a dark subject matter. He believes that after reaching a certain age, he has the license to fearlessly delve into topics that are filled with fear and despair.
When you get past 60, you do feel a sort of licence finally to write fearlessly about something that essentially is full of fear.