'There is something interesting and intriguing to be found on almost every page' Guardian
'A father . . . is a necessary evil.' Stephen Dedalus in Ulysses
In Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know Colm Tóibín turns his incisive gaze to three of Ireland's greatest writers, Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats and James Joyce, and their earliest influences: their fathers. From Wilde's doctor father, a brilliant statistician and amateur archaeologist, who was taken to court by an obsessed lover in a strange premonition of what would happen to his son; to Yeats' father, an impoverished artist and brilliant letter-writer who could never finish apainting; to John Stanislus Joyce, a singer, drinker and story-teller, a man unwilling to provide for his large family, whom his son James memorialised in his work.
Colm Tóibín illuminates not only the complex relationships between three of the greatest writers in the English language and their fathers, but also illustrates the surprising ways they surface in their work
'Toibin has a hawk-like eye for literary subtleties, and a generosity towards his subjects that is warm and unacademic.' The Sunday Times
'Full of insight and intrigue' Observer
'Searching, funny, generous' Irish Times
'Subtle, witty and often deeply moving' New Statesman
There is something interesting and intriguing to be found on almost every page
Toibin has a hawk-like eye for literary subtleties, and a generosity towards his subjects that is warm and unacademic.
Full of insight and intrigue
Searching, funny, generous
Subtle, witty and often deeply moving
If there is a more brilliant writer than Tóibín working today, I don't know who that would be
Toibin is a supple, subtle thinker, alive to hints and undertones, wary of absolute truths
A consistently revealing look at how writers' relationships have influenced their work
A wide-ranging and enlightening study of the potentially stifling family and the individual spirit of the writer
Colm Tóibín on why he left his hometown behind to explore a family drama in the royal households of Ancient Greece in House of Names.
James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room is a mainstay on lists of LGBTQ classics. In this introduction from the new Everyman edition, Colm Tóibín unravels the intimately confessional style that draws this beautiful book into so many readers’ hearts