Colm Tóibín

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Colm Tóibín: will the Brexit fallout lead to a ‘united Ireland’?
With negotiations souring an already uneasy relationship to England, the Irish novelist surveys the mood of his nation, and considers the prospect of unification

Colm Tóibín

02, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The Magician by Colm Tóibín review – a difficult Mann to know
This dramatisation of Thomas Mann’s private and public life never quite convinces as biography or fiction

Anthony Cummins

26, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The Magician by Colm Tóibín review – inside the mind of Thomas Mann
This compelling fictionalised biography explores the life and times of the exiled German Nobel winner, exquisitely balancing the intimate and momentous

Lucy Hughes-Hallett

17, Sep, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Boland: Journey of a Poet review – a profound portrayal of Eavan Boland’s life
Drawing on her early writings, Colm Tóibín captures the essence of the late Irish poet in this transformative production

Clare Brennan

02, May, 2021 @9:30 AM

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Words Fail Us by Jonty Claypole review – the positive case for ‘speech disorders’
A writer with a stutter offers a thought-provoking defence of disfluency and takes a sideswipe at Freud

Sam Leith

13, Jan, 2021 @12:00 PM

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The big picture: magical realism in everyday Dublin
Tony O’Shea’s bewitching image, taken on the upper deck of a city bus, finds the magic in the everyday

Tim Adams

25, Oct, 2020 @6:44 AM

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Book clinic: where are the romantic novels that aren’t riddled with cliches?
From Jane Eyre to Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn, Kate Kellaway recommends the best reads about love

Kate Kellaway

11, Jan, 2020 @6:00 PM

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Pale Sister review – Colm Tóibín and Lisa Dwan's twist on Antigone
The acclaimed writer’s version of the Greek tragedy focuses on her sister Ismene, with plenty of modern relevances

Helen Meany

07, Nov, 2019 @5:08 PM

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Colm Tóibín: ‘A book wouldn’t improve Trump’
The author of Brooklyn and The Master discusses fathers and families, the new wave of female Irish novelists – and the only time he wishes he owned a TV

Lisa O’Kelly

20, Jul, 2019 @5:00 PM

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Book clinic: which books could improve my ability to adapt to a changing environment?
Our expert picks titles that explore both family and societal transitions, from Jonathan Franzen to Cormac McCarthy

Andrew Anthony

02, Mar, 2019 @6:00 PM

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Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know: The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce – review
Colm Tóibín’s examination of three writers’ relationships with their fathers is full of insight and intrigue

Rachel Cooke

21, Oct, 2018 @6:00 AM

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Fintan O’Toole: five books to understand the Irish border
Acts of kindness at the height of the Troubles and a peaceful walk before the Brexit vote – writers explore a frontier under fresh threat

Fintan O’Toole

09, Apr, 2018 @5:30 AM

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