From The Heather Blazing to The Master, Colm Tóibín is acclaimed for his skill at entering the mind of the writer. In The Magician, he turns his perspicacious eye to Thomas Mann. Outwardly genteel, inwardly tormented, cautious yet impatient, suspicious of the powerful but welcomed in their homes, Colm's Mann is a writer who withdraws from a world losing its sanity but finds himself dragged back into the mess of the times. Desire, exile, family – the themes are ambitious, but in Colm's deft hands, a superbly crafted epic has emerged.
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Colm Tóibín is the author of ten novels including The Master, Brooklyn, The Testament of Mary, Nora Webster and most recently The Magician. His work has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times, has won the Costa Novel Award and the International Dublin Literary Award. He has also published two collections of stories and many works of nonfiction. He lives in Dublin.
Caroline Baum is the author ofOnly, A Singular Memoir and is a contributor to several anthologies and national media including The Guardian and the Sydney Morning Herald. She is the NSW Ambassador for the Older Women’s Network (OWN). In 2021, Caroline presents Life Sentences, a new podcast series devoted to contemporary biography.