Book Club: Sebastian Barry

Join Sebastian Barry alongside Alex Clark to explore A Thousand Moons


Wednesday 14th April, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

  • Book Club
  • Online event


About the Event

This event is part of Cambridge Literary Festival's online Book Club series, in which we’ll be delving between the covers to examine the merits of a carefully chosen and remarkable book. You are invited to join in, as host Alex Clark settles down with a writer or fellow book lover for an entertaining evening of sparkling chat. If possible, do read the book in advance for maximum enjoyment.  

‘Nobody pushes the language, and the heart, and the two together, quite like Sebastian Barry does.’ – Ali Smith  

Twice Booker Prize shortlisted Irish author Sebastian Barry joins us for our April book club event with his powerful latest book, A Thousand Moons.  

Following Days Without End, which maps a fictionalised version of the author’s own family history and traces the story of two soldiers who find intimacy amidst the civil war, A Thousand Moons sees Barry turn unflinchingly to questions of identity, race, and sexuality.  

Barry unfolds the story through the voice of Winona, member of the Lakota tribe, which has been brutalised by the civil war, and adopted daughter of Thomas McNulty and John Cole (the two central characters from his previous book). Set on a starvecrow farm in Tennessee during the politically fragmented and uncertain post-war period, violence strikes Winona’s life once more and she sets off, concealed and protected by male clothing, in search of revenge. 

Join Barry alongside writer, broadcaster and chair Alex Clark to explore this captivating piece of historical fiction that speaks to contemporary politics in America and beyond. 

About the Book

A Thousand Moons
A Thousand Moons

Sebastian Barry

Publisher:Faber & Faber

Publication date:17 Mar 2020


4.12 out of 5
13 reviews
"Like Days Without End, this is a richly poetic read."
The Sunday Times
"a pageturner with heart, soul and muscle"
The Times
"There’s a quiet glow of brightness – here are unexpected stories of love and respect"
The Sunday Telegraph
"This astonishing novel... Another masterpiece"
The Bookseller
"a gripping tale of massacre, rape, lynching and love"
Evening Standard
"the follow-up to Barry’s Costa winner again displays the rare gifts of a natural storyteller"
The Guardian
"Barry persuasively portrays 19th-century America as a time of radical flux regarding notions of race, gender and sexuality."
Daily Mail
"This is a subtle, troubling novel, full of silences, full of pain"
Financial Times
"vivid, lyrical and awash with metaphors and quasi-biblical proverbs"
The Spectator
"a journey that is horrifying, thrilling and enchanting in equal measure"
The Observer