On Canaan's Side

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On Canaan's Side
Author Sebastian Barry
Country Ireland
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Faber and Faber
Publication date
24 July 2011
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 272 pp (Hardback)
ISBN 978-0-571-22653-5
Preceded by The Secret Scripture

On Canaan's Side is a 2011 novel written by Irish playwright and novelist Sebastian Barry.[1]


The novel is narrated by the 89-year-old Lily Bere, the sister of the character Willy Dunne from A Long Long Way and the daughter of the character Thomas Dunne from The Steward of Christendom, as she looks back on her life, having lived through the Irish War of Independence and escaped to Chicago with her boyfriend Tadg Bere.

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.faber.co.uk/article/2011/1/on-canaans-side-sampler/
  2. ^ Burke-Kennedy, Eoin (July 7, 2011). "Barry included on Booker longlist". The Irish Times. 
  3. ^ "Walter Scott historical fiction shortlist announced". BBC News. April 4, 2012. Retrieved Apr 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ Alison Flood (June 16, 2012). "Sebastian Barry wins Walter Scott prize". London: The Guardian. Retrieved June 16, 2012. 

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