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  • This is an enormously ambitious book, one in which the intimate and the momentous are exquisitely balanced. It is the story of a man who spent almost all of his adult life behind a desk or going for sedate little post-prandial walks with his wife. From this sedentary existence Tóibín has fashioned an epic

  • The Magician is not a biography but a work of art, an emotional reckoning with a century of change, centred on a man who tried to stand upright but was swayed by the winds of that change

    The Times
  • In a novel of many moods, its every page rings true

    Mail on Sunday
  • A triumph

    Daily Telegraph
  • Colm Tóibín has already written several truly extraordinary novels. The Magician may be the very best of them

    Sunday Independent
  • As with everything Colm Tóibín sets his masterful hand to, The Magician is a great imaginative achievement -- immensely readable, erudite, worldly and knowing, and fully realized

    Richard Ford
  • The Magician is a remarkable achievement. Mann himself, one feels certain, would approve

    John Banville
  • This graceful novel is a moving and intimate portrait by one master of another . . . It is a stunning tribute to the great man, and a vital story for now

    Anna Funder
  • A masterpiece, vast and luminous . . . witty and profound and truthful

    Tessa Hadley
  • No living novelist dramatizes artistic creation as profoundly, as luminously, as Colm Tóibín, or conveys so well the entanglement of imagination and desire . . . Reading him is among the deepest pleasures our literature can offer

    Garth Greenwell, author of Cleanness and What Belongs to You

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