One Book, One Chicago Spring 2010
More by the Author
Fiction and Drama
The South (1990)
In 1939, an upper-class, Protestant, Irish woman leaves her family for Spain when her husband embroils their poor, Catholic neighbors in a lawsuit that she cannot support. Shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and winner of the Irish Times/Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize.
The Heather Blazing (1992)
A judge and his wife plan on retiring to the Irish village of Enniscorthy, but various events conspire to strain their plans and their marriage. Shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and winner of the Encore Prize for best second novel published in Britain.
The Story of the Night (1997)
The coming of age story of a half-English, closeted, gay Argentinean man who works as a tutor and translator, while Argentina emerges from a period of war and from the oppression of a military dictatorship. Winner of the Ferro-Grumley prize for best gay novel.
The Blackwater Lightship (1999)
Three generations of women from a fractured Irish family are brought together in a seaside cottage to care for a son in his final days dying of AIDS. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
The Master (2004)
A fictionalized account of a period in the life of celebrated American novelist Henry James, who has moved to a country home in England and is attempting to mount a play on the London stage. Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction, Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, the Stonewall Book Award and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
Beauty in a Broken Place (2004)
In Tóibín’s only play, when William Butler Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory mount a 1926 production of Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars in their Abbey Theatre to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Uprising, their production sparks riots in the streets of Dublin.
Mothers and Sons (2006)
A collection of short fiction featuring, among its stories, a new widow who tries to hide from her children the desperate state of her finances; a man leading a party of townspeople in a search for his alcoholic mother, who has gone missing in a blizzard; the proud mother of a Catholic priest who is the last to learn of the criminal allegations against him. Winner of the Edge Hill Prize for the best book of short stories published in Britain in 2006.
Martyrs and Metaphors (1987)
An interpretive history of nine Irish insurrections.
Walking Along the Border (1987); photographs by Tony O’Shea
(Also published as Bad Blood: A Walk Along the Irish Border.)
Describes the people and the landscape between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, particularly in the aftermath of the Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1985.
Homage to Barcelona (1990)
An in-depth history of the city and its culture, from inception to contemporary times.
The Trial of the Generals: Selected Journalism, 1980-1990 (1990)
Selected journalism, including correspondences from Argentina, Sudan and Egypt.
Dubliners (1990); photographs by Tony O’Shea
This travelogue captures a year in the life of Dublin and its citizens.
The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe (1994)
Describes Holy Weeks spent successively in Poland, Seville, Bavaria, Rome and the Balkans, and reflects on the state of contemporary Catholicism throughout Europe.
Lady Gregory’s Toothbrush (2002)
Profiles of Lady Augusta Gregory, the formidable matriarch of the Irish Literary Revival, and those in her literary and political circles.
Love in a Dark Time: Gay Lives from Wilde to Almodovar (2002)
Drawn from articles published in the London Review of Books, considers the lives of gay and lesbian writers and artists living in and out of secrecy, embracing or rejecting a gay identity.