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Colm Toibin - Brooklyn

Poignant tale of young Irish woman trying to make a new life in 1950s New York

Hariett Gilbert talks to Irish author Colm Toibin about his book Brooklyn.

A haunting tale of love, loss and familial duty, and winner of the 2009 UK Costa Novel Award, Brooklyn follows the fortunes of a young Irish woman who leaves home to make a new life for herself in 1950s New York.

Hear how Colm's own painful memories of homesickness in America and Spain inform Eilis' experiences in Brooklyn and how her ambivalent relationship to the small town Ireland she's left behind also echoes Colm Toibin's own.

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55 minutes

Last on

Sun 7 Aug 2011 18:05GMT

Broadcasts

  • Sat 6 Aug 2011 10:05GMT
  • Sat 6 Aug 2011 22:05GMT
  • Sun 7 Aug 2011 02:05GMT
  • Sun 7 Aug 2011 18:05GMT

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