A Long Long Way

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A Long Long Way
First edition
Author Sebastian Barry
Country Ireland
Language English
Publisher Viking Press
Publication date
February 3, 2005
Media type Print (Hardcover) & Paperback
Pages 292 pp
ISBN 0-670-03380-4
OCLC 57392246
823/.914 22
LC Class PR6052.A729 L66 2005
Preceded by Annie Dunne 
Followed by The Secret Scripture 

A Long Long Way is a novel by Irish author Sebastian Barry, set during the First World War.

Plot synopsis

The young protagonist Willie Dunne leaves Dublin to fight voluntarily for the Allies as a member of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, leaving behind his prospective bride Gretta and his policeman father. He is caught between the warfare playing out on foreign fields (mainly at Flanders) and that festering at home, waiting to erupt with the Easter Rising.

The novel was shortlisted for the Booker Prize[1] in 2005.

In a 2009 US National Public Radio interview, author R. L. Stine stated that A Long Long Way was one of the most beautifully written books he had ever read, and gave copies of the novel to friends and family to read.


  1. ^ The Man Booker Prize Archived July 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.

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