The Colony

Audrey Magee

The clarity of Colm Toibin’s prose is blended with the emotional truth of Anne Enright in this stand-out new novel of belonging and loss

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9780571367627
Date Published
01.02.2022
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE

‘A canny, challenging, and never less than engrossing read.’ Lisa MacInerney

‘A vivid and memorable book about art, land and language, love and sev, youth and age. Big ideas tread lightly through Audrey Magee’s strong prose.’ Sarah Moss

‘So brilliant in its quiet tragedy, so revealing in its precision, it haunts me.’ Tsitsi Dangarembga

He handed the easel to the boatman, reaching down the pier wall towards the sea.

Mr Lloyd has decided to travel to the island by boat without engine – the authentic experience.

Unbeknownst to him, Mr Masson will also soon be arriving for the summer. Both will strive to encapsulate the truth of this place – one in his paintings, the other by capturing its speech, the language he hopes to preserve.

But the people who live on this rock – three miles long and half-a-mile wide – have their own views on what is being recorded, what is being taken and what is given in return. Soft summer days pass, and the islanders are forced to question what they value and what they desire. As the autumn beckons, and the visitors head home, there will be a reckoning.

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Audrey Magee was born in Ireland and lives in Wicklow. Her first novel, The Undertaking, was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, for France’s Festival du Premier Roman and for the Irish Book Awards. It was also nominated for the Dublin Literary Award and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. The Undertaking has been translated into ten languages and…

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