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The Blackwater Lightship

The Blackwater Lightship

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By (author) Colm Toibin

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  • Publisher: PICADOR
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 16mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0330389866
  • ISBN 13: 9780330389860
  • Edition: 5
  • Edition statement: 5th ed.
  • Sales rank: 19,537

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'This is the most astonishing piece of writing, lyrical in its emotion and spare in its construction ...Toibin has crafted an unmissable read' Sunday Herald In Blackwater in the early 1990s, three women -- Dora Devereux, her daughter Lily and her granddaughter Helen -- have come together after years of strife and reached an uneasy truce. Helen's adored brother Declan is dying. Two friends join him and the women in a crumbling old house by the sea, where the six of them, from different generations and with different beliefs, must listen and come to terms with one another. 'It is in his emotional choreography that Toibin shows himself to be an exceptional writer. Helen is estranged from both her mother and grandmother ...Toibin helps them make peace -- and he does it beautifully' Sunday Telegraph 'He writes in spare, powerful prose and he is truly perceptive about family relationships which, at times, makes reading his stories incredibly painful. But this is a beautiful novel' Belfast News 'We shall be reading and living with The Blackwater Lightship in twenty years' Independent on Sunday

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Author information

Colm Toibin was born in Ireland in 1955. He is the author of five novels, most recently The Master, which was shortlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize. His non-fiction includes Bad Blood, Homage to Barcelona and The Sign of the Cross. His work has been translated into seventeen languages. He lives in Dublin.

Editorial reviews

Shortlisted for the 1999 Booker Prize. This novel is a feat of alchemy. Out of the sad history of a young man's death from AIDS, Toib'n conjures a transcendent tale of reconciliation and redemption. As Decland slowly dwindles and declines in his grandmother's house on the southern Irish coast, three generations of women - his grandmother, his mother and his sister - must learn to be reconciled to each other's very different lives and beliefs. Pride and prejudice give way to the need for human companionship as each woman tells her story and explores her past. Toib'n's prose is spare but luminous, full of the watchful power of the sea which beats against the crumbling coastline. (Kirkus UK)