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The Colony

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2022 Booker Prize (longlist)
2022 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction (nominee)

SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZESHORTLISTED FOR THE KERRY GROUP IRISH NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARDLONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2022'Vivid and memorable.' SARAH MOSS'Luminous.' Observer'I utterly ADORED it.' MARIAN KEYESHe handed the easel to the boatman, reaching down the pier wall towards the sea.Mr Lloyd has decided to travel to the island by boat without engine - the authentic experience.Unbeknownst to him, Mr Masson will also soon be arriving for the summer. Both will strive to encapsulate the truth of this place - one in his paintings, the other by capturing its speech, the language he hopes to preserve.But the people who live on this rock - three miles long and half-a-mile wide - have their own views on what is being recorded, what is being taken and what is given in return. Soft summer days pass, and the islanders are forced to question what they value and what they desire. As the autumn beckons, and the visitors head home, there will be a reckoning.''Beautifully written.' STELLA, The Telegraph'The Colony contains multitudes. . . with much of it just visible on the surface, like the flicker of a smile or a shark in the water.' The Times'The Colony is a novel about big, important things.' Financial Times'Beautiful, haunting and incredibly powerful book.' FÍONA SCARLETT

Genre: Literary Fiction

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"The Colony is a brilliant novel, a subtle and thoughtfully calibrated commentary about the nature and balance of power between classes, cultures, genders. There is violence here, but, most impressively, Audrey Magee captures that more insidious cruelty-the kind masked as protection, as manners." - Mary Beth Keane

"A careful interrogation, The Colony expertly explores the mutability of language and art, the triumphs and failures inherent to the process of creation and preservation." - Raven Leilani

"The Colony is brimming with ideas about identity and soul; a canny, challenging, and never less than engrossing read." - Lisa McInerney

"The Colony is a vivid and memorable book about art, land and language, love and sex, youth and age. Big ideas tread lightly through Audrey Magee's strong prose." - Sarah Moss

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