Colm Toibin 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.
The most compelling and moving portrait of a young woman I have read in a long time -- Zoe Heller Guardian, Books of the Year With this elating and humane novel, Colm Toibin has produced a masterwork Sunday Times Brooklyn moved me more than any other book this year -- Nicholas Hytner Observer, Books of the Year A beautifully crafted work that transformed ordinary lives into something extraordinary Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year No book this year gave me greater pleasure -- Nell Freudenberger Financial Times Not a sentence or a thought out of place. It takes over as his finest ficiton to date Irish Times Remarkable freshness and immediacy ... with a lovely comedic lightness Daily Mail A lovely, thoughtful book ... alive with authentic detail, moved along by the ripples of affection and doubt that shape any life: a novel that offers the reader serious pleasure Daily Telegraph Tremendously moving and powerful New Statesman