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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The personal and public history is compelling . . . 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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