Guest at the Feast
Colm Toibin

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Narrated By: Colm Tóibín, Colm Tóibín

Duration: 2 hours and 11 minutes

What to expect

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Colm Tóibín's touching memoir, A Guest at the Feast, beautifully read by the author himself.

A Guest at the Feast moves from the small town of Enniscorthy to Dublin, from memories of a mother who always had a book on the go to the author's early adulthood, from a love of literature to the influences of place and family. Tóibín's captivating memoir is the story of a writer coming of age and his connections between home, work and love. It is a perfect gem of a book.


Autobiography: literary, Memoirs, Publishing & book trade, Biography: arts & entertainment, Diaries, letters & journals

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Brooklyn moved me more than any other book this year

Observer, Books of the Year

Sumptous ... In the hands of a master of Toibin's gifts, this deceptively slim memoir expands out into something far greater than you might expect. In what amounts to not much more than a long magazine article, he creates a sweeping, lyrical portrait of the small-town idiosyncrasies, natural landscapes and family histories in southeast Ireland on which his novels have drawn for decades.

Sunday Times

A novel of magnificent accomplishment

Sunday Times, Novel of the Year, on Brooklyn

A beautifully crafted work that transformed ordinary lives into something extraordinary

Telegraph, Books of the Year

A profoundly gifted world writer