A Long Long Way Signed by Sebastian Barry 1st / 1st 2005
London: Faber and Faber (2005) It is a near fine copy with only a tiny tear to the top edge of the front panel. In soft wraps, it is the true first print edition. Overall near fine.
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 in 2005.