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Publication Order of Eilis Lacey Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The South (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Heather Blazing (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Story of the Night (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Blackwater Lightship (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Master (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Testament of Mary (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nora Webster (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
House of Names (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Magician (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Use of Reason (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shortest Day (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Plays

Beauty in a Broken Place (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Seeing Is Believing (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Walking Along the Border (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bad Blood (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Homage to Barcelona (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dubliners (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trial of the Generals (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sign of the Cross (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Guinness Book Of Ireland (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Kilfenora Teaboy (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Conversations and Portraits (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Irish Famine (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love in a Dark Time (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lady Gregory's Toothbrush (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ireland (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
All a Novelist Needs (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Ways to Kill Your Mother (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Elizabeth Bishop (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Surviving Ireland (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Henry James and American Painting (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sean Scully: Walls of Aran (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Guest at the Feast (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

Mothers and Sons (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Empty Family (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vinegar Hill: Poems (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Writers on Writers Books

Notes on Sontag (By: Phillip Lopate) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Whitman (By: C.K. Williams) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Conan Doyle (By: Michael Dirda) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
What W. H. Auden Can Do for You (By: Alexander McCall Smith) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Elizabeth Bishop (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Empson (By: Michael Wood) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Henry Miller: Or, How to Be an Anarchist (By: John Burnside) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Seamus Heaney (By: Roy Foster) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

New Writing From Ireland(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Finbar's Hotel(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Modern Library: The 200 Best Novels in English Since 1950(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Writing 11(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Weekenders: Adventures in Calcutta(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Proust Project(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Synge(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The O. Henry Prize Stories 2006(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Midsummer Nights(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Republic of Conscience(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Barcelona INK(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
A London Address(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
1914 - Goodbye to All That(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
That Glimpse of Truth(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
All Over Ireland: New Irish Short Stories(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crashing Cathedrals: Edmund White by the Book(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Colm Tóibín is an Irish author of fiction and nonfiction as well as critic. He was born on May 30, 1955, in Enniscorthy County, Wexford, in Ireland. He is the author of several novels, some of which have been made into feature films. His work has also been published around the globe. His novels have been translated into at least 30 languages. He is well known not only in his native country of Ireland but globally for his fiction.

He went to school at the University College Dublin. He spent three years living in Barcelona from 1975 to 1978. Barcelona served as future inspiration for his novel The South and Homage to Barcelona. Both novels were published in 1990.

Two universities awarded him honorary doctorates. He contributes to a variety of reviews on a regular basis. One feather in his cap was an appointment to Ireland’s Arts Council in 2006. He’s been a Stein visiting writer at Stanford twice and also once at U. Texas in Austin. He is also a lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton.

Upon coming back to Ireland, writing for a number of papers in 1978. Three years later he was the features editor for In Dublin. He became an editor for Magill, a magazine in Ireland that covers current affairs, the next year. In 1985, he left the magazine to travel in South America and Africa. Work he did in the eighties in journalism is collected in three different novels.

Colm Tóibín is also the writer of several standalone novels. These include his debut novel in the fiction genre The South, which came out in 1990. It was followed by his novel The Heather Blazing, which won an Encore Award. His novel The Story of the Night was released in 1996 and also won the Ferro-Grumley Prize. The Blackwater Lightship came after that. It was adapted into a film that starred Angela Lansbury.

It was followed by The Master in 2004. The Master won a number of prizes, including LA Times’ ‘Novel of the Year as well as the Dublin IMPAC and more. One of the novels that he is most well known by readers for is the 2009 historical drama novel, Brooklyn.

His novel Brooklyn became a bestseller and made the New York Times list of bestsellers. Brooklyn was made into a feature film that was quite popular. Directed by John Crowley and written by Nick Hornby, it was made by Fox Searchlight Pictures and released to theaters in 2015. Irish immigrant and hopeful young woman Eilis was played by Saoirse Ronan. It made over $30 million at the box office and was considered a hit among critics. The movie is rated as ‘Fresh’ on film site Rotten Tomatoes.

Brooklyn has also received a number of nominations when it comes to a variety of awards and won the category of Best Novel for the Costa Book Awards. The book is set in the early fifties in the southeast of Ireland in Enniscorthy. The main character of Eilis Lacey is a young woman who cannot find the work they need to support themselves at home. When she hears of a job being offered in the states, she must go. Eilis leaves her country and her family for the new land of Brooklyn. There she is in a boarding house where she is fully isolated. But her loneliness turns to happiness as she adapts to her new life and starts to realize that she is falling in love.

Colm is also the author of several other novels. He has also contributed to collections that include Mothers and Sons, From the Republic of Conscience, and The Empty Family. He has also written a play, which was performed in Dublin in 2004. He also penned a novella released in 2006 titled The Use of Reason.

Colm Tóibín has also contributed to the series Finbar’s Hotel along with other authors. He has also edited a number of anthologies, from Soho Square to Irish Short Stories, and several others.

He has also seen a number of his nonfiction novels published. The first to be released was Seeing is Believing in 1985. There are countless others that include Dubliners, Bad Blood, The Guinness Book of Ireland along with author Bernard Loughlin, and more still coming out.

He has been nominated for a number of awards for his books throughout the years. His novel The Master also won the award for Best Novel in 2006 from the International I.M.P.A.C. Dublin Literary Awards. Mothers and Sons is a collection of his short stories. A 2008 novel focusing on his work also came out titled Reading Colm Tóibín.

His 1990 novel The South revolves around the main character, Katherine. Katherine has moved to Barcelona recently. She fled her husband and her child in Ireland to go to Spain and is attempting to get to know other people there. She looks for ways to meet people and ends up signing up for a painter’s class. It is there that she meets Miguel, a fellow artist.

Miguel fought with Republicans once upon a time, but now it’s different. Franco’s police force terrorizes him. Things are lying in wait for them. Is he destined to become her lover in this strange city? She meets another Irish emigre and they all paint together, making new worlds on the canvas while fighting the past in their real lives. What will happen? Pick up The South in order to find out!

The second novel from Colm Tóibín is titled The Heather Blazing. This novel deals with a judge who is in his sixties. Eamon Redmond is nearing the age of retirement. You would think that he would want to look back on a life where he accomplished so much, but he is actually not that willing to look at the past.

Redmond is someone who must look at his past when forced to and see all that has come to be in his life. Things that he chose and things that happen to him alike come up in this tour de force from Irish author Colm Tóibín. Check out this novel and see what happens to the judge as he nears the very end of his life. It’s another elegantly-written story from one of Ireland’s greatest artists.

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