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Colm Tóibín


Ireland (1955 - )

Colm Tóibín (born 1955 in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland) is an Irish novelist and critic.
 
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Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1999) : The Blackwater Lightship
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel nominee (2001) : The Blackwater Lightship
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2004) : The Master
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel winner (2006) : The Master
Costa Book Awards Best Novel winner (2009) : Brooklyn
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2009) : Brooklyn
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel nominee (2011) : Brooklyn
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2013) : The Testament of Mary
Costa Book Awards Best Novel nominee (2014) : Nora Webster


Colm Tóibín recommends

Death and Nightingales (1992)
Eugene McCabe
"Clearly one of the great Irish masterpieces of the century."
Monkey Man
Monkey Man (2005)
Stephen Price
"A slick clever novel that makes you laugh out loud."
Lost City Radio
Lost City Radio (2007)
Daniel Alarcón
"A gripping and tense political fable by one of the most exciting and ambitious writers to emerge in recent years."

American Youth (2007)
Phil LaMarche
"Gripping and memorable."

Cockroach (2008)
Rawi Hage
"[A] dark and uncompromising vision. [Cockroach] offers a version of an émigré underground which is original, raw and brave."
Barnacle Love
Barnacle Love (2008)
Anthony De Sa
"[These stories] have immense emotional and powerful truths. "
Yesterday's Weather
Yesterday's Weather (2008)
Anne Enright
"Anne Enright's style is as sharp and brilliant as Joan Didion's; the scope of her understanding is as wide as Alice Munro's. . . her vision of Ireland is as brave and original as Edna O'Brien's."
John the Revelator
John the Revelator (2009)
Peter Murphy
"An absolutely wonderful book... so fresh and so contemporary, so original and so disturbing and brave."

To the End of the Land (2010)
David Grossman
"A masterpiece... One of the few novels that feel as though they have made a difference in the world."

Open City (2011)
Teju Cole
"A novel to savour and treasure."

The Absolutist (2011)
John Boyne
"A wonderful, sad, tender book."

Say Her Name (2011)
Francisco Goldman
"A beautiful love story, and an extraordinary story of loss."

Solace (2011)
Belinda McKeon
"A novel of quiet power, filled with moments of carefully-told truth... this book will appeal to readers both young and old."

The Sound of Things Falling (2012)
Juan Gabriel Vásquez
"A thrilling new discovery."

The Dirty Dust (2015)
Máirtín Ó Cadhain
"...the greatest novel to be written in the Irish language, and among the best books to come out of Ireland in the twentieth century."

Hot Little Hands (2016)
Abigail Ulman
"Ulman knows how to write a story, manage a build-up, hold your attention...I love how-up-to-the-minute and street-wise these stories are, and how frank about sex and girls."

Gull (2016)
Glenn Patterson
"One of the best contemporary Irish novelists."

Darke (2017)
Rick Gekoski
"A supreme example of a natural and skilled storyteller."


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