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Colm Toibin's new collection is the work of an author at the peak of his writing powers The Times Always deeply moving, the stories here - like the surf-washed pebbles on that Wexford beach - will be read for meaning and enjoyed for their shape and sound for ages to come Tribune It's a collection that will only further fuel Toibin's ascent through English fiction Independent on Sunday 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 Toibin's deceptively straightforward style continues to manage somehow to encompass both lucidity and ambiguity, precision and poetry Irish Times Exquisite Metro, Fiction of the Week These stories are always intensely interesting and sometimes profoundly provocative Irish Independent Perfect; and as good as the best of William Trevor, than which there can be no higher praise Scotsman
Colm Toibin was born in Enniscorthy in 1955. He is the author of nine novels including The Master, Brooklyn, The Testament of Mary and Nora Webster. His work has been shortlisted for the Booker three times, has won the Costa Novel Award and the Impac Award. His most recent novel is House of Names. He has also published two collections of stories and many works of non-fiction. He lives in Dublin.