Winner of the Costa Book Prize 2016 'Days Without End' is a superb achievement and a completely engrossing read. Set in America during the Civil and Indian wars, the story follows Thomas McNulty and his friend John Cole as they try to leave behind the horrors they have witnessed. Inadvertently they meet a  young American Indian girl, who could change their lives forever.

This is just such a well-realized piece of literature. The prose is magnificent, lyrical and intense. It brings to life the times with such brutal realism it is a wonder that Sebastian Barry didn't have a past-life in the American West. It is astonishing to read: a modern masterpiece that deserves the accolades it has been given. Furthermore it is hugely enjoyable to read about a time and place in history that I wouldn't normally go for. Give it a read!

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