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Colm Toibin - Author

About the Author

Colm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy in 1955. He is the author of eight novels including Blackwater Lightship, The Master and The Testament of Mary, all three of which were nominated for the Booker Prize, with The Master also winning the IMPAC Award, and Brooklyn, which won the Costa Novel Award. He has also published two collections of stories and many works of non-fiction. His most recent novel is Nora Webster. He lives in Dublin.

Featured books by Colm Toibin

Nora Webster

Nora Webster

Author: Colm Toibin Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2014

Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2014. Nora Webster is the heartbreaking new novel from one of the greatest novelists writing today. It is the late 1960s in Ireland. Nora Webster is living in a small town, looking after her four children, trying to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. She is fiercely intelligent, at times difficult and impatient, at times kind, but she is trapped by her circumstances, and waiting for any chance which will lift her beyond them. Slowly, through the gift of music and the power of friendship, she finds a glimmer of hope and a way of starting again. As the dynamic of the family changes, she seems both fiercely self-possessed but also a figure of great moral ambiguity, making her one of the most memorable heroines in contemporary fiction. The portrait that is painted in the years that follow is harrowing, piercingly insightful, always tender and deeply true.

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The Empty Family Stories

The Empty Family Stories

Author: Colm Toibin Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2010

'I imagined lamplight, shadows, soft voices, clothes put away, the low sound of late news on the radio. And I thought as I crossed the bridge at Baggot Street to face the last stretch of my own journey home that no matter what I had done, I had not done that.' In the captivating stories that make up The Empty Family , Colm Toibin delineates with a tender and unique sensibility lives of unspoken or unconscious longing, of individuals, often willingly, cast adrift from their history. From the young Pakistani immigrant who seeks some kind of permanence in a strange town to the Irish woman reluctantly returning to Dublin and discovering a city that refuses to acknowledge her long absence each of Toibin's stories manage to contain whole worlds: stories of fleeing the past and returning home, of family threads lost and ultimately regained.

Other books by Colm Toibin

Nora Webster

Nora Webster

Author: Colm Toibin Format: eBook Release Date: 07/10/2014

From one of contemporary literatures bestselling, critically acclaimed and beloved authors, a magnificent new novel set in Ireland, about a fiercely compelling young widow and mother of four, navigating grief and fear, struggling for hope.Set in Wexford, Ireland, Colm Tibns superb seventh novel introduces the formidable, memorable and deeply moving Nora Webster. Widowed at forty, with four children and not enough money, Nora has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the man who rescued her from the stifling world to which she was born. And now she fears she may be drawn back into it. Wounded, strong-willed, clinging to secrecy in a tiny community where everyone knows your business, Nora is drowning in her own sorrow and blind to the suffering of her young sons, who have lost their father. Yet she has moments of stunning empathy and kindness, and when she begins to sing again, after decades, she finds solace, engagement, a havenherself. Nora Webster is a masterpiece in character study by a writer at the zenith of his career, beautiful and daring (The New York Times Book Review) and able to sneak up on readers and capture their imaginations (USA TODAY). In Nora Webster, Tibn has created a character as iconic, engaging and memorable as Madame Bovary or Hedda Gabler.

Nora Webster

Nora Webster

Author: Colm Toibin Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2014

Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2014. Nora Webster is the heartbreaking new novel from one of the greatest novelists writing today. It is the late 1960s in Ireland. Nora Webster is living in a small town, looking after her four children, trying to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. She is fiercely intelligent, at times difficult and impatient, at times kind, but she is trapped by her circumstances, and waiting for any chance which will lift her beyond them. Slowly, through the gift of music and the power of friendship, she finds a glimmer of hope and a way of starting again. As the dynamic of the family changes, she seems both fiercely self-possessed but also a figure of great moral ambiguity, making her one of the most memorable heroines in contemporary fiction. The portrait that is painted in the years that follow is harrowing, piercingly insightful, always tender and deeply true.

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Testament of Mary

Testament of Mary

Author: Colm Toibin Format: eBook Release Date: 10/09/2013

Meryl Streeps performance of Colm Tibn's acclaimed portrait of Mary is hailed by the New York Times Book Review as an ideal audiobook, presenting the three-time Academy Award-winner in yet another great role.Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Colm Tibn's The Testament of Mary presents Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son's crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. They are her keepers, providing her with food and shelter and visiting her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was "e;worth it"e;; nor that the "e;group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye,"e; were holy disciples. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone, in a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed. Now Meryl Streep brings Tibn's tour de force of imagination and language to unforgettable life with simplicity, honesty, [and] a clarity that draws us into the emotional landscape of the book through the beauty of the writing, writes Charles Isherwood in the New York Times Book Review. Streep has an impressive ability to crest the structurally intricate sentences Tibn has fashioned, which sometimes have the flowing, rhythmic cadences of certain passages in the Bible itself, Isherwood writes of her performance. Streeps voice is familiar to generations of moviegoers, but its beauty as an instrument can be appreciated in this context as it often cannot be in films.Tibn's exquisite book [is] rendered by Streep with all its detached, quiet, consoling humanity intact.

New Ways to Kill Your Mother Writers and Their Families

New Ways to Kill Your Mother Writers and Their Families

Author: Colm Toibin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2013

From Colm Toibin comes New Ways to Kill Your Mother, a fabulously entertaining book about writers and their families. In this wonderfully entertaining and enlightening collection, Colm Toibin not only explores the often tense relationship between writers and their families but also conveys, with a rare tenderness and wit, the great joy of reading their work. Here is W.B. Yeats harshly responding to his own father's literary efforts; Thomas Mann ruining his children's prospects; Tennessee Williams haunted by his sister's mental illness; and John Cheever being beastly to his wife. Praise for New Ways to Kill Your Mother: 'A brilliant book...Toibin is a supple, subtle thinker, alive to hints and undertones, wary of absolute truths' Robert Hanks, New Statesman 'A penetrating and often very funny inquiry into the fraught complicity between parent and child, brother and sister' Daily Telegraph 'Insightful and compassionate, assured and knowledgeable, never less than fascinating. An impressive, fine and engaging collection' Independent on Sunday

South

South

Author: Colm Toibin Format: eBook Release Date: 04/12/2012

A Simon & Schuster audiobook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every listener.

Heather Blazing

Heather Blazing

Author: Colm Toibin Format: eBook Release Date: 04/12/2012

A Simon & Schuster audiobook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every listener.

New Ways to Kill Your Mother

New Ways to Kill Your Mother

Author: Colm Toibin Format: eBook Release Date: 12/06/2012

In a brilliant, nuanced, and wholly original collection of essays, the bestselling and award-winning author of Brooklyn and The Empty Family offers a fascinating exploration of famous writers relationships to their families and their work.From Jane Austens aunts to Tennessee Williamss mentally ill sister, the impact of intimate family dynamics can be seen in many of literatures greatest works. In New Ways to Kill Your Mother, Colm Tibncelebrated both for his award-winning fiction and his provocative book reviews and essays, and currently the prestigious Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbiatraces and interprets those intriguing, eccentric, often twisted family ties. Through the relationship between W.B. Yeats and his father, Thomas Mann and his children, and J.M. Synge and his mother, Tibn examines a world of relations, richly comic or savage in its implications. In Roddy Doyles writing on his parents, Tibn perceives an Ireland reinvented. From the dreams and nightmares of John Cheevers journals, Tibn illuminates this darkly comic misanthrope and his relationship to his wife and his children. Educating an intellectual woman, Cheever remarked, is like letting a rattlesnake into the house. Acutely perceptive and imbued with rare tenderness and wit, New Ways to Kill Your Mother is a thought-provoking look at writers most influential bonds and a secret key to reading and enjoying their work.

Dracula

Dracula

Author: Colm Toibin, Bram Stoker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2012

No book since Mrs Shelley's Frankenstein, or indeed any other at all has come near yours in originality, or terror - Poe is nowhere... -Charlotte Stoker (Mother of Bram Stoker). Originally published in 1897, Bram Stoker's Dracula has spawned countless new editions, inspired over fifty films, and hundreds of reimaginings. The iconic and terrifying character of Stoker's imagination has permeated our conciousness in such away that Dracula is the seminal vampire of popular culture. Set across London and into the darkest corners of Eastern Europe, Dracula is told through the journal entries and letters of its protagonists as they strive to survive the presence of Count Dracula in their lives. Young lawyer Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to assist in a land transaction, but finds himself trapped in the Count's castle, tormented by strange and unearthly occurrences. After a miraculous escape, he returns to England, only to find that the Count has followed him to London and has begun tracking his fiance, Mina... Reprinted in its original form, this edition of Dracula is perfect for a first time reader, or as a classic to keep forever.

The Empty Family Stories

The Empty Family Stories

Author: Colm Toibin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2011

In the captivating stories that make up The Empty Family Colm Toibin delineates with a tender and unique sensibility lives of unspoken or unconscious longing, of individuals, often willingly, cast adrift from their history. 'I imagined lamplight, shadows, soft voices, clothes put away, the low sound of late news on the radio. And I thought as I crossed the bridge at Baggot Street to face the last stretch of my own journey home that no matter what I had done, I had not done that.' From the young Pakistani immigrant who seeks some kind of permanence in a strange town to the Irish woman reluctantly returning to Dublin and discovering a city that refuses to acknowledge her long absence each of Toibin's stories manage to contain whole worlds: stories of fleeing the past and returning home, of family threads lost and ultimately regained. 'Exquisite . . . The chief reason to read these stories is the peculiar power of Colm Toibin's prose' Telegraph 'Astonishingly precise, depicting complex and conflicted states of mind with rare clarity' Observer 'Beautifully observed' Sunday Times

Empty Family

Empty Family

Author: Colm Toibin Format: eBook Release Date: 04/01/2011

A Simon & Schuster audiobook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every listener.

All a Novelist Needs Colm Toibin on Henry James

All a Novelist Needs Colm Toibin on Henry James

Author: Colm Toibin, Susan M. Griffin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2010

This book collects, for the first time, Colm Toibin's critical essays on Henry James. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize for his novel about James's life, The Master, Toibin brilliantly analyzes James from a novelist's point of view. Known for his acuity and originality, Toibin is himself a master of fiction and critical works, which makes this collection of his writings on Henry James essential reading for literary critics. But he also writes for general readers. Until now, these writings have been scattered in introductions, essays in the Dublin Times, reviews in the New York Review of Books, and other disparate venues. With humor and verve, Toibin approaches Henry James's life and work in many and various ways. He reveals a novelist haunted by George Eliot and shows how thoroughly James was a New Yorker. He demonstrates how a new edition of Henry James's letters along with a biography of James's sister-in-law alter and enlarge our understanding of the master. His Afterword is a fictional meditation on the written and the unwritten. Toibin's remarkable insights provide scholars, students, and general readers a fresh encounter with James's well-known texts.

All a Novelist Needs Colm Toibin on Henry James

All a Novelist Needs Colm Toibin on Henry James

Author: Colm Toibin, Susan M. Griffin Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2010

This book collects, for the first time, Colm Toibin's critical essays on Henry James. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize for his novel about James's life, The Master, Toibin brilliantly analyzes James from a novelist's point of view. Known for his acuity and originality, Toibin is himself a master of fiction and critical works, which makes this collection of his writings on Henry James essential reading for literary critics. But he also writes for general readers. Until now, these writings have been scattered in introductions, essays in the Dublin Times, reviews in the New York Review of Books, and other disparate venues. With humor and verve, Toibin approaches Henry James's life and work in many and various ways. He reveals a novelist haunted by George Eliot and shows how thoroughly James was a New Yorker. He demonstrates how a new edition of Henry James's letters along with a biography of James's sister-in-law alter and enlarge our understanding of the master. His Afterword is a fictional meditation on the written and the unwritten. Toibin's remarkable insights provide scholars, students, and general readers a fresh encounter with James's well-known texts.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn

Author: Colm Toibin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2010

It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her family and her home for the first time. Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed. She is far from home - and homesick. And just as she takes tentative steps towards friendship, and perhaps something more, Eilis receives news which sends her back to Ireland. There she will be confronted by a terrible dilemma - a devastating choice between duty and one great love.

A Synge Celebration

A Synge Celebration

Author: Colm Toibin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2008

Love in a Dark Time Gay Lives from Wilde to Almodovar

Love in a Dark Time Gay Lives from Wilde to Almodovar

Author: Colm Toibin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2007

In Love in a Dark Time, Colm Toibin looks at the life and work of some of the greatest and most influential artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His subjects range from figures such as Oscar Wilde, born in the 1850s, to Pedro Almodovar, born nearly a hundred years later. Toibin studies how a changing world impacted on the lives of people who, on the whole, kept their homosexuality hidden, and reveals that the laws of desire changed everything for them, both in their private lives and in the spirit of their work.

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