Colm Toibin was born in Ireland in 1955, and lives in Dublin. He is the author of four novels, including the 1999 Booker nominated The Blackwater Lightship. His non-fiction includes Bad Blood, Homage to Barcelona, The Sign of the Cross, and, most recently, Love in a Dark Time.
Toibin has the narrative poise of Brian Moore and the patient eye
for domestic detail of John McGahern, but he is very much his own
man. * Observer *
Having lived in Barcelona off and on since the 70s, Toibin knows all the fascinations of its sensuous Mediterranean history and lifestyle and "the most precious jewels in the city's treasury of bars" . . . Toibin is the perfect guide. * Chicago Tribune *