By Colm Tobin


In Brooklyn, Irish writer Colm Tóibín follows Eilis Lacey as she migrates from Ireland to New York City in search of work.

Interspersed with notes from Tóibín himself, we hear from Tony Birch and Corrie Perkin about Eilis' progression from timidity to confidence, the relationship between her inner and outer worlds, the Irishness of the novel … and how to pronounce some important names.

Texts in the City goes digital: Brooklyn

Further reading

Watch the full discussion here.

Watch Colm Tóibín in conversation with Michael Williams for the Wheeler Centre in 2010.

Colm Tóibín reads from Brooklyn.

More on Brooklyn, including discussion questions, from LitLovers.

Brooklyn at the Guardian Book Club.

Colm Tobin

Colm Tóibín was born in Ireland in 1955. He is the author of five previous novels, collections of short stories and many works of non-fiction.

He has twice been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for The Blackwater Lightship (1999) and The Master (2004), while The Master won The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (2006). He is currently teaching creative writing at Princeton University in New York.