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Reviews

  • 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
  • This is not just a whole life in a novel, it's a whole world - with all its wonders, tragedies and sacrifices. I loved every page of this beautiful and immersive journey into The Magician's mind

    Katharina Volckmer, author of The Appointment
  • No living novelist dramatizes artistic creation as profoundly, as luminously, as Colm Tóibín, or conveys so well the entanglement of imagination and desire . . . [His] style, with its faultless elegance and unsparing gaze, gives the sense of mastery threatened everywhere by passion. Reading him is among the deepest pleasures our literature can offer

    Garth Greenwell, author of Cleanness and What Belongs to You
  • The personal and public history is compelling . . . Tóibín succeeds in conveying his fascination with the Magician, as his children called him, who could make sexual secrets vanish beneath a rich surface life of family and uncommon art . . . an intriguing view of a writer who well deserves another turn on the literary stage

    Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • A celebration of what novels can do

    Observer on ‘House of Names’
  • Devastatingly human . . . savage, sordid and hauntingly believable

    Guardian on 'House of Names'
  • Tremendous, richly beautiful, wonderful . . . it does everything we ought to ask of a great novel

    Tessa Hadley, Guardian, on ‘Nora Webster’
  • Subtle and enthralling

    Sunday Times, on ‘Nora Webster’

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